The Westchester County Health Department and six other Hudson Valley health departments have partnered with Siena College in Loudonville, New York, to launch a health survey. The Westchester County Health Department is contacting you to ask you to help increase the number of responses received to this Community Health Assessment Survey. Because of the paramount value of the expected results of the survey to the work we do collectively, the DOH asks that you share this survey with everyone in your entourage. They need to hear from as many people, groups, age groups and zip codes as possible.
Available in English and Spanish online and in print from now until June 11, the anonymous survey aims to identify priority health issues for Westchester residents and their community, the services most needed and the most major barriers that prevent access to care. The survey also asks questions that aim to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the health and well-being of residents.
“Your voice matters. In order to better serve you, our County Health Department needs the public’s input on the health issues that matter most to you as residents of Westchester County,” shares Westchester County Executive George Latimer. , with Black Westchester. “We want to be as inclusive as possible, so I encourage everyone to complete this survey if you can.”
As you may know, the New York State Department of Health has implemented a prevention program program for the past decade. The prevention program is designed to improve health and behavioral health outcomes for residents statewide. This program requires each county in New York to conduct a Community Health Assessment (CHA) every three years. Many of the poor health and behavioral outcomes identified in the CHA are closely associated with what are called the “social determinants of health”. Given that Covid-19 has likely intensified these factors, it is essential that we survey Westchester County residents who may experience these conditions to ensure that we include their experiences and perceptions.
“Your participation can help shape how the Department of Health serves our communities. Community priorities are changing and the results of this survey will help us adapt to meet those changing needs,” shares Sherlita Amler, MD, Westchester County Health Commissioner.
The survey will be distributed by email to a wide range of community groups and will be available in print and via QR code on flyers placed in public places such as local libraries, hospitals, clinics and county offices. . Health Department staff will also be on hand at select locations to help promote the survey.
The survey results, available this fall, will be used by the county health department to help drive its community service program for the next three years. Known as a Community Health Needs Assessment, the survey is required by the state Department of Health and is a component of the Community Health Improvement Plan, which all local health departments must elaborate. The state requires the county to select two priorities, one of which must address health inequities.
PLEASE HELP the DOH Promote the Anonymous Inquiry and encourage everyone 18 and over to participate. They included a toolbox it contains:
- The survey link, which can be found at https://tinyurl.com/hvscri
- Printable flyers with a QR code that links directly to the online survey. Flyers can be printed for display and/or shared via social media accounts.
- Sample social media posts and posts to community members that you can use to promote the survey.
- Printable hard copies of the survey (in English and Spanish). Department of Health staff are available to deliver and collect printed copies of the paper survey from your site. Please contact Elissa Cestone at 914-995-7499 or [email protected] to make arrangements.
- Bilingual staff from the Ministry of Health are also available on site to help administer the survey to staff/clients/visitors to your site. Please contact Elissa Cestone at 914-995-7499 or [email protected] to schedule a date and time.
If you have any further questions regarding the investigation, please contact Marie Roth at [email protected] or 914-995-5809.