Alachua County is gathering information about residents’ health habits, including medical conditions, vaccination status and disability, in an anonymous and optional survey meant to improve county healthcare services.
Questions range from the resident’s food availability to whether he or she attends county healthcare events. All together, the survey is meant to help the county understand residents’ healthcare needs, according to a county press release. The survey is open to any Alachua County resident, whether permanent or seasonal, 18 years or older.
The survey will also provide information to update the Community Health Improvement Plan, an outline of goals and strategies to improve county healthcare access. The current plan, which was implemented in 2021 and will expire in 2024, strived to reduce food insecurity, improve access to affordable housing and promote oral healthcare, among other goals.
Aside from being available online, the survey is available on paper upon request in Spanish, English and Creole and will close Jan. 1. It should take 15 minutes to complete, according to the press release. The survey data will be available in June. Those who complete it have the opportunity to participate in a raffle for a $100 Visa gift card.