Community Health Survey Begins in September

Community Health Survey

Beginning Tuesday, September 5, 2017, Tahoe Forest Health System will be reaching out to randomly selected Truckee and North Tahoe residents to conduct a survey about the key health issues in our community. It will help identify health needs and will be used by local hospitals and regional partners in customizing programs and developing community health improvement plans.  The following communities will be included in the survey:  Truckee to the Donner Summit area, West and North Shores of Lake Tahoe, including the communities of Incline Village and Crystal Bay.

Those residents who are randomly selected will receive a postcard in the mail inviting them to participate by either completing the survey online, calling our data collection partner, or answering a call when they are contacted.

“It is incredibly important for residents to participate in the Community Needs Assessment,” said Karli Epstein, Executive Director of the Incline Village Community Hospital Foundation. “We belong to such an incredibly unique community, and this information helps local agencies and Tahoe Forest Health System tailor programs to meet the health needs of our community members.”

You can influence the health of our community by participating in the survey!

Franklin & Marshall College’s Center for Opinion Research, a research firm in Pennsylvania, will conduct the survey. The telephone number may show up as a 717 area code for those with caller ID.  Survey participants can anticipate a total call time to last about 15 to 20 minutes. All answers are confidential and will be used to assess, improve and develop health programs that benefit our local communities.

The survey interviewer may ask about access to health care, health practices such as consumption of fruits and vegetables and physical activity, prevalence of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and asthma, cancer screenings, and immunizations.  Additional questions include oral health, mental health, and use of tobacco, marijuana and alcohol.  

Respondents may participate in the survey in English or Spanish.

“The Community Health Needs Assessment provides critical information about the health and wellbeing of community members and is used to strategize local efforts to improve overall health outcomes,” said Alison Schwedner, Director of the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee.

The survey is completely confidential and will be compared with data from previous Community Health Needs Assessments to gauge where there has been improvement and where there is more need.

For questions about the survey, contact the Wellness Neighborhood of Tahoe Forest Health System at (530) 550-6730 or ehenasey@tfhd.com.

For more information about The Wellness Neighborhood, visit tahoeforestwellness.com.