The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County has scheduled seven town hall meetings to present its findings in the Community Health Assessment.

The town hall meetings, which begin in Niceville, will be held in Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Holt, Baker, Destin and Laurel Hill in August and September.

The CHA makes health comparisons of Okaloosa residents to residents throughout the state and even the nation, in some instances. Leading causes of death, infectious diseases, teen pregnancy, tobacco, physical health, food access, infant and child health, as well as the environment in which we live, are just part of the study.  

The purpose of the CHA study every five years gives DOH-Okaloosa an opportunity to select unhealthy factors in the county and improve on them.

Community residents can share feedback before the CHA’s final publication in September.

“We want to hear what residents have to say about the data we have gathered over the last year, and I think they will find the information interesting and even surprising,” stated Dr. Karen Chapman, director of DOH-Okaloosa. “The overall goal of the assessment is to identify and address health needs in our community.”

Here’s the meeting schedule: 

Niceville Town Hall

July 31, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Twin Cities Hospital, Wellness Center

2190 Highway 85 N, Niceville


Crestview Town Hall

August 8, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

North Okaloosa Medical Center, Senior Circle Classroom

127 E. Redstone Ave., Suite A, Crestview


Fort Walton Beach Town Hall

August 14, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center

233 NE Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach


Holt Town Hall

August 17, 2017, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Holt

532 US-90, Holt


Destin Town Hall

August 22, 2017, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Destin Community Center

101 Stahlman Ave., Destin


Baker Town Hall

August 29, 2017, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Pilgrim’s Rest Baptist Church

5595 Highway 4, Baker


Laurel Hill Town Hall

September 5, 2017, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

The Barn at Water Oaks Farm

4080 2nd Ave., Laurel Hill