HANCOCK — Nearly 24,000 health surveys will be delivered this week to randomly selected household addresses across the Upper Peninsula.
It’s part of a community health needs assessment sponsored by 32 regional health care partners, including local health departments, hospitals, clinics, behavioral health agencies and health foundations.
The survey aims to provide “an accurate snapshot of the health of Upper Peninsula residents and to learn more about local community needs,” said Kate Beer, health officer for the Western U.P. Health Department.
The survey will be delivered in a clear plastic envelope with the cover letter and yellow survey booklet clearly visible, Beer said. It takes about 10 minutes to complete, either using and mailing back the paper version in the envelope provided or going online to file the electronic version.
Question topics include health insurance coverage; access to primary care and dental, mental health and substance abuse treatment services; eating and exercise habits; alcohol, tobacco and drug use; chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer; and use of preventive services such as flu shots and mammograms.
Survey responses are anonymous, and findings will only be published for entire counties.
Households that complete the survey by Aug. 26 will be entered in a drawing for one of 28 $50 grocery gift cards, Beer said.
Survey results will be used along with data gathered from other sources to produce a comprehensive community health needs report expected to be available in December.