On April 14, the Riverside County Department of Public Health came to Idyllwild to discuss and listen for ideas to improve community health. This was one of 17 community sessions across the county during March and April.

The results of these sessions will be shared and discussed at a July 22 public meeting. The Health Improvement Plan workshop will allow county residents to set goals and draft a plan to improve the health and wellness of neighborhoods across the county, according to the DPH press release.

From 9 a.m. to noon that Wednesday at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center, the county public health group will report on the survey’s results.

The top three issues were social environment, economy and natural environment. Participants felt safe neighborhoods and strong families were important components of the social environment. Good jobs will help improve health, while homelessness is an important contributor to unhealthfulness. Air quality and pollution are the dangers seen in our natural environment, according to the survey.

Nearly 3,500 county residents participated in the surveys and diabetes and asthma were the two chronic diseases most people expressed concern about.

To learn more about the survey results and the next steps, including drafting an action plan, you can register for the July 22 conference at www.eventbrite.com/e/shape-your-community-tickets-15463498741. For more specific information about the event, call 951-358-5557.