Collaborative community health survey to be conducted

SHEBOYGAN — Several community organizations will be calling Sheboygan County residents to gather health data beginning January 12th.

The Sheboygan County Health and Human Services, Aurora Health Care and HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital are working in partnership with Lakeshore Community Health Care, Healthy Sheboygan County 2020, United Way of Sheboygan County and UW-Extension Sheboygan County Family Living to conduct a community health survey.

The survey will provide valuable data for continued evaluation of community needs and help guide government, not-for-profit, and volunteer organizations as they fashion services to meet the most pressing needs of the community. The survey will supplement a prior community health assessment conducted in 2014 with updated data and the ability to analyze trends over time.

About 400 area residents will be interviewed by telephone and cell phone.  “We recognize that more residents are using cell phones as their primary home phone and it’s important that we reach a good cross section of our county,” said Karlyn Raddatz, Sheboygan County Health Officer.

“I would encourage all residents of our county to help us with this research,” said Raddatz. “If you are among those who receive a phone call, please take the time to answer the survey questions.”

The survey focuses on issues such as access to health care, tobacco use, alcohol use, diet, physical activity, cancer prevention, heart health, injury prevention, immunizations, children’s health, mental health, and chronic disease.  Survey responses will be completely anonymous.

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