Agate said the survey asks general questions about health status, social factors of health and access to things that can improve public health.
“There are some more suggested questions that will directly help the work of the health department: questions about vaccines and access and how we can better meet your needs, questions about asthma and air pollution and the environment, I’m concerned about what people think, what they want and how we can work with the community to address those needs.” she said.
The questionnaire is available until June 30.
“We put a lot of time and effort into making sure these questions are simple, easy to understand and available in multiple languages,” said Mary Craighead, data analyst for the county health department. .
As of May 23, the department had received more than 1,000 responses, about 38 percent of its initial goal. However, Werner said the department wants to overachieve with the number of completed surveys.
While more people are filling out the survey so far, there are still several groups the health department says it wants to hear from more than 18- to 24-year-olds, low-income residents and people of color.
Ultimately, we hope to get a demographic sample that is representative of the population of Delaware County, and we’ll be tracking that over time and trying to hear more from those not yet represented in the Community Health Survey and adjust our efforts and outreach. Agate said.