County to survey residents on health

The Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services Department is now conducting a community health opinion survey to identify the 10 most important community health issues.

The survey can be completed either online in English or Spanish at www.AnokaCounty.us/healthsurvey or by filling out a paper copy.

Paper copies can be found at Anoka County license centers, service centers and libraries, as well as city offices and senior centers. Copies are also available in Arabic, Russian and Somali as well as English and Spanish.

People interested in copies in these languages may contact Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services at 763-422-7427.

Minnesota law requires that local health agencies regularly collect citizen input about current community health standards and status. The law includes the development of a community health assessment and plan so leaders can prioritize public health services.

Local agencies are required to complete this process every five years. Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services is currently developing the 2015-2019 assessment and plan.

“We appreciate the time residents take to complete the survey,” said Anoka County Commissioner Carol LeDoux.

“While we understand time is precious, the answers provided give us an important community perspective of what citizens think should be addressed in terms of the entire community and its health.”

Surveys are due back by Jan. 13, 2014.

The survey will follow up on key issues raised during the last health assessment cycle done in 2009, and will also address issues and concerns that have emerged since then.

In addition to the survey, the department will conduct focus groups and key information interviews with representatives from other county programs and key community groups.

All responses are anonymous and cannot be associated with an individual.

For questions or more information, contact Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services at 763-422-7030.

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