Public Health and Wellness to Conduct Phone Survey of Community Health
Wednesday July 10, 2013
Beginning July 15, the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will conduct a phone survey to gather information about the health of Louisville Metro residents. The questions have been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are used throughout the United States under the CDC’s Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). The Department of Public Health and Wellness has contracted with Clearwater Research of Boise ID, who has conducted similar surveys in cities throughout the country.
Information gathered from the survey will be used to prioritize the overall health needs of the community and inform the design and location of such initiatives as fitness campaigns, smoking cessation classes, as well as possible new initiatives. Follow-up surveys are planned in subsequent years.
For the first time in Louisville, this year’s Behavior Factor Risk Surveillance System Survey will include cell phone numbers in addition to home phone land lines. A total of 1,800 households will be surveyed.
The survey data collection will take approximately six months to complete. Once the survey data has been compiled and analyzed results will be published on the Public Health and Wellness website at http://www.louisvilleky.gov/health.
Survey takers will clearly identify themselves as working on behalf of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. People are being selected for interviews at random and their identities will remain confidential. Survey questions will cover such topics as exercise, tobacco use, and chronic disease, access to health care, exercise and nutrition.
Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt said, “We urge people to participate in the survey if they are called. The information we are gathering is an essential tool for the department to use to guard and protect the community’s health. The data will help us determine where to locate programs and possible new directions that the department may be taking.”