Kent County Health Department launches community health survey

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The Kent County Health Department, local health systems and other community partners are in the process of conducting the 2020 Community Health Needs Assessment.

The results of the survey will be used by health professionals and community organizations throughout the county to guide and inform health improvement efforts and services.

The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) survey is conducted every three years and asks participants about what they believe are the most pressing health issues impacting the people of Kent County. In addition to questions about health, the survey also seeks opinions about the social determinants of health such as transportation, housing and access to parks and recreation. This year’s survey also will ask questions related to the impacts of COVID-19.

Anyone who works, lives or plays in Kent County is eligible to take the anonymous survey and participants can register to win one of 20 $50 Visa gift cards as an incentive to complete the survey.

“This is truly a community effort. Kent County is a huge area with many diverse communities, and not everyone has the same needs or faces the same challenges,” said Maris Brummel, public health epidemiologist at KCHD. “To get the most accurate data and understand differences between communities, we need to hear from a wide range of people across the county.”

The survey will be open online for at least eight weeks. It is available in Spanish as well as English and takes about 15 minutes to complete.

The last CHNA, completed in 2017, surveyed more than 6,000 people and found mental health, substance use disorders, obesity and poor nutrition to be the top health concerns at that time. The results can be found online.

Results from this year’s survey will be available in the first quarter of 2021. Community groups interested in disseminating or receiving information about the survey can contact Maris Brummel at Maris.Brummel@KentCountyMi.Gov.

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