The Listening Project: Listening to the Community, Looking for What Matters is an annual effort by WVIZ/PBS & 90.3 WCPN ideastream® to identify “the things that matter most” to residents of Northeast Ohio. It also helps ideastream monitor the role and value of its programming.
Last year, as part of its annual Listening Project assets and challenges survey, ideastream asked individuals to provide insights into their personal assets and challenges. The results showed that the number one personal challenge faced by community members was their health.
It was good to confirm that individuals in the community had concerns about their health, as ideastream has been doing health-related reporting and programming for the past six years. Topics of coverage have included obesity, addiction, diabetes and depression. Most recently, ideastream focused on caregiving and is going to focus on cancer in the months ahead.
But, given that ideastream’s mission is to strengthen its communities, we really want to probe a little further. We want to make sure that our ongoing programming is relevant and useful to the needs and daily lives of Northeast Ohioans.
So, what are the biggest health challenges you and those you love face? What stands in your way of getting and staying healthy?
For the next few months, we will collect your responses to our Listening Project survey about health. We will use the information from this survey to help identify pressing health issues in our community and develop programming accordingly.
In 2013-14, through online and emailed surveys and interactive program opportunities, ideastream once again asked questions, and then carefully listened. Read the report on the findings here.