Consider the Well-Being of Your Community

Recently a friend introduced me to Texas Health Resources’ “Five Elements of Well Being” as a method of forming New Year’s resolutions.  Texas Health Resources consists of over twenty hospitals in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and they have launched a large campaign to keep their customers healthier, based on science.  The five areas that have been proven to advance your overall well-being are:

  1. Sense of Purpose
  2. Social Connection
  3. Financial Security
  4. Community
  5. Physical Health

Under community, the top question is “Do you feel safe and secure in your community?”  Primary safety concerns are foremost like the quality of water that you drink and the air that you breathe, but then the questions turn to whether you feel safe and secure in your neighborhood.  This section caught me off guard—how does safety impact your well-being?

Upon reviewing public safety services, local government administrators are often trying to decipher what makes a community safe.  Usual measures for public safety include: response time, officers or firefighters per 1000 residents, and percentage of firefighters who are also EMTs.

Today, in communities, does an upward or downward movement in traditional measures make an individual feel more or less safe?  If response time goes up this year, are the residents automatically unhappier?

It seems simple—to provide safety—local governments do this (and do it well) each and every minute of every day.  But how do we know if our residents feel safe and secure in their neighborhood?

As a local government leader, you have an opportunity to have a direct and profound impact on the well-being of your residents.  Measure a feeling.  Measure the feeling of safety in their neighborhood.

Then, ask.  Ask why they feel safe and why they do not.  It may be as easy as installing extra street lights in the parks, assisting homeowner associations, or creating more of a volunteers in patrol presence.

Whatever the answer is, you can make a difference in the well-being of your residents.

To find out more about Texas Health Resources “Five Elements of Well Being,” consider taking their survey at YourWellBeingScore.com. 

Katie_C

 

Written by:
Katie Corder
Executive Search Manager
governmentresource.com

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