Health survey, discussion groups offer chance to be heard

ISurvey discussion group dates imaget’s time for the community to get a check-up, and the Health District of Northern Larimer County is asking for residents’ help.

This fall, 12,000 randomly selected households in Larimer County will receive a letter inviting them to participate in the 2019 Community Health Survey. The survey covers a wide range of subjects across the spectrum of health and health care, including new and updated questions related to vaping, behavioral health, housing, childcare, environmental health, and more.    

Responses to the survey will help the Health District better understand the health, and health-care needs, of area residents. Information gathered will guide the planning and design of programs and services at the Health District. Results also will be made available to other local agencies and organizations working on health-related issues.

Participants will be asked to complete the survey online through a secure website. A printed survey booklet that can be filled out and returned by mail also will be available. More than 2,300 county residents took the last survey in 2016.

All responses are completely confidential. The Health District keeps no personal information on individual participants.

The survey is one of two opportunities for local residents to have their voice heard on health-care matters. Both are part of the Health District’s Community Health Assessment, which also includes public discussion groups that allow community members to share their views on health-related topics. The Health District has conducted an assessment every three years since 1995, making it the longest-running project of its kind in northern Colorado. Partial support for this year’s survey comes from Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, North Colorado Health Alliance, and the City of Loveland.

More information on the Community Health Assessment, including dates for upcoming discussion groups, is available at healthdistrict.org/community-health-assessment. Those invited to take the health survey can visit larimercountysurvey.org to complete the survey online.