Approximately 70 individuals attended the March 31, 2010 Community Health Forum. After the scheduled program, participants were invited to complete a Survey of their Forum experiences. Thirty-seven people completed most (not all) of the three multiple-choice items and the three subjective issues.
1. The time frame for the Forum is:
- 90 minutes (suggested by 3 respondents)
- One hour working lunch (suggested by 2 respondents)
2. What one thing keeps you coming back to the Forum meetings? (Many gave more than one response)
||Food (in addition to one of the other items)
- All of the above (4 responses)
3. The planned networking (getting to know and hear from others) at Forum meetings is:
||Not long enough
3. Networking continued:
- Allow 15-30 minutes after program to network with speakers
- Networking is one of the main "pluses" of the Forum
4. Name one thing that could improve the Forum meetings: (Three individuals mentioned it was their first meeting)
- Include an open forum on a specific topic
- More participation from attendees (3 responses)
- Keep speakers to time limit
- Include websites on Agenda for all presenters/organizations
- Provide a list of participants and agency on Forum website
- First time here. Great so far!
- Keep on doing what we do.
- A little more network time
- Database of contact name, address, phone, etc. of "members"
- Coffee and diet soda
- Don’t know yet, still new.
- Allow only 15 minutes per group/organization
- More time to interact; shorter time for speakers
- Multiple speakers
- Time for "news from members" should be longer. This is what makes members really come for, but it always seems rushed
- More networking time. Less formal program time.
- Better way to hand out brochures, flyers, etc.
- Not trying to cover quite so much in topics
- Kline’s ice cream – just kidding!
- Like sitting with like agencies
- My first meeting. I was very impressed with the flow and professionalism.
- More input from participants
- Need to post Forum announcements somehow other than on website
5. If you were marketing the Forum, list 3 adjectives you would use to describe the meeting:
- Informative (20 responses); good information on youth health/mental Health (1)
- Networking (12)
- Awareness of community updates and concerns (6)
- To meet new leaders (4)
- To promote your program (1)
- To get in touch with the community (1)
- Helpful (5)
- Collaboration (5)
- Diverse (4); most comprehensive area group which has an interest in Health issues (1)
- Education (4)
- Interactive (3)
- Organized (3)
- Positive, upbeat topics (2)
- Timely (2)
- Comfortable (1); friendly (1); fun (1); welcoming (1)
- Good access to workshops geared for non-profits (1)
- Great (1)
- Great public relations endeavor for AH Foundation
- Growing (1)
- Well-attended (1)
6. How are your contacts and/or information shared with others after the meeting? (Examples will be helpful.)
- Information is taken back and shared with staff and Board and others
- I come in contact with in the community
- Used in daily work
- Distribute materials, if applicable
- No, but the new website is helpful!
- Will email notes/names/resources to others within organization via email & staff meetings (4)
6. Shared information continued:
- Word of mouth
- Word of mouth, serendipity. For example – met a new pastor at Forum meeting. Led to church adopting numerous projects which led to contact with United Way
- Follow-up meetings
- General conversation
- Met someone I have dealt with on the phone over the past year; I learned from her that she has a background from another state in another organization (non-profit) that I am involved with – invited her to the other organization
- We’ve made contact with other non-profits about potential joint projects
- I’ve had attendees schedule a speaking engagement for our office after hearing short version at Forum
- Not sure, how people use my office data
- Often I get to see people that I need to contact, such as Board of Supervisors who passed resolutions that week after being contacted at Forum
- Business cards (2)
- Sometimes flyers
- I generally email specific notes to people I think will find them helpful
- Cards and brochures
- Info. shared with colleagues
- Excellent educational emphasis (today’s meeting) for non-profits
- Arrange informal meetings with people met at Forum or told about by other attendee
April 7, 2010 (Survey results tabulated/compiled by Mr. Charles Downs)