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New Orleans launches survey to identify city's pressing health issues

Every five years, the New Orleans Health Department and community partners conduct a city-wide Community Health Assessment in order to identify the most pressing health issues facing New Orleans residents and opportunities for health improvement. This year a Community Health Survey is one of the many ways that community voice is being incorporated into the assessment process. The goal of the survey is to align the city government's priorities with that of its residents for the next five years.

New Orleans residents are being asked to take the survey and share it among their friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors throughout the month of February. The only requirement is that participants are residents of Orleans Parish.

To take the survey, there are versions in both English and Spanish.
ENGLISH: www.surveymonkey.com/r/healthyNOLAforall
SPANISH: www.surveymonkey.com/r/NOLAsaludableparatodos

Results from the survey will be used to shape the New Orleans Health Department's Strategic Plan and serve as the basis of the five-year Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Survey results will also be shared publicly at www.nola.gov/health in order to support community organizing and planning efforts by summer 2018.

The Tulane Prevention Research Center has been involved in helping the New Orleans Health Department with this strategic planning and assessment process for several months, providing technical assistance and expertise.

In addition to the survey, focus groups and key informant interviews will be conducted to ensure that all voices are heard. Residents from the following communities will be engaged: those living with HIV/AIDS, experiencing homelessness, formerly incarcerated, Latino, Vietnamese, youth, aging and LGBT. The Health Department is looking for individuals and organizations to partner with in recruiting community members from these groups, in addition to identifying key informants.

The Health Department is also spreading the word about the survey with posts on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

For questions or to get involved, contact Jodi Dyer, Community Health Improvement Coordinator at jedyer@nola.gov or 504-658-2563.

Compiled by Tulane PRC Staff
February 2018

(Photo courtesy of New Orleans Health Department)

Topics:   community health , policy , health communication

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