COMMUNITY HEALTH SURVEY STARTS SOON

Health Survey is Sponsored by Tahoe Forest Health System and Numerous Partnering Nonprofit Agencies

In June, Tahoe Forest Health System will mail and call randomly selected Truckee and North Lake Tahoe residents to conduct a survey designed to determine key health issues in our community. The survey is being completed in partnership with numerous local social service and nonprofit agencies. The following communities will be included in the survey: Donner Summit to the Truckee basin, the west and north shores of Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, and Crystal Bay.

Local health officials are asking area residents to open their mail and answer their phones during the next few weeks. Letters will direct residents to a secure, confidential website for the survey. For telephone surveys, the caller ID may say "Research Center." Survey participants can anticipate the call time to last about twenty minutes. All answers are strictly confidential, participants will remain anonymous, and the resulting responses will be used to assess and plan local healthcare programs.

"Tahoe Forest Health System will use the information gained from the community assessment to plan future initiatives to improve the health of the community. It will help our health system and other health-oriented community agencies evaluate the effectiveness of current programs. Participating in these calls will benefit the community," said Dr. Karen Sessler, a member of the Tahoe Forest Health System Board of Directors. The surveyor may ask about access to health care, exercise and physical activity habits, diet, and immunizations. Other topics that may be surveyed are alcohol and tobacco usage, and cancer screenings.

“It is very important for local residents to participate,” said Phebe Bell, one of the Community Health Needs Assessment Steering Committee members and Program Manager for Health and Human Services, Placer and Nevada Counties. “If people respond to this survey, we will have up-to-date data so we can refine existing programs and help residents make better decisions about their health care, and help them access better care for their families.”

The Community Health Needs Assessment Advisory Committee is assisting with this survey and is represented by a number of local nonprofit agencies including the Family Resource Center of Truckee, North Tahoe Family Resource Center, Project Mana, Community Collaborative of Truckee Tahoe, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Nevada County Public Health, Placer County Health and Human Services, Project Mana, and Sierra Senior Services.

For questions about the survey, contact Maia Schneider at (530) 582-6313 or mschneider@tfhd.com.
Tahoe Forest Hospital District, 10121 Pine Avenue, PO Box 759, Truckee, CA 96160, (530) 587-6011, information@tfhd.com

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