U.P. health surveys mailed

KINGSFORD—Health surveys were mailed Aug. 4 to randomly selected household addresses across the Upper Peninsula as part of a community health needs assessment sponsored by 28 regional healthcare partners, including local health departments, hospitals, clinics, behavioral health agencies and health foundations.
    “The purpose of this survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, is to produce an accurate snapshot of the health of Upper Peninsula residents and to learn more about local community needs,” said Daren Deyaert, health officer of Dickinson-Iron District Health Department. “By completing the survey, you can help us plan for the future and bring much-needed services and funding to meet the health challenges of your community.”
    Deyaert said that as a token of appreciation, every household that is selected and completes the survey by Sept. 8 will be entered in a prize drawing for one of 28 $50 grocery gift cards. The survey will be delivered in a clear plastic envelope with the cover letter and survey booklet visible.
    Question topics include health insurance coverage; access to primary care and dental, mental health and substance abuse treatment services; eating and exercise habits; alcohol, tobacco and drug use; diseases such as diabetes and cancer; and use of preventive services such as flu shots and mammograms.
    Survey responses are anonymous, and findings will only be published for entire counties, never for individuals. Survey results will be used along with data gathered from other sources to produce a comprehensive community health needs report. This report will be made widely available by May 2018.