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Housing, child care, guns, addiction among top concerns in Hamilton County public health survey findings

Chattanooga Times Free Press - 1/30/2024

Jan. 30—Housing and child care affordability, gun safety, and substance use were among the top concerns of Hamilton County residents who completed the county's public health survey last year.

Survey results will help inform local policy and priorities in the coming years, according to Hamilton County Health Department officials, who recently released a summary report of the results.

"Affordable housing and affordable child care help create healthy environments for families and should be a priority of local agencies and organizations," a summary report of the survey states. "Gun safety and substance abuse directly impact lives, especially of young persons, and creating safer places to live is a priority in Hamilton County."

Respondents were asked to rank a list of 27 issues and concerns based on the level of each issue's severity, which revealed the top 10 major problems listed below, according to respondents:

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