Ithaca, NY – What makes a healthy community? The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) wants to know what you think about health in our community so we can develop the next plan to improve the health of our community. To that end, TCHD, along with Cayuga Health System (CHS) and other local partners, launched a community health survey that is open to any Tompkins County resident age 18 and older. Assess the health of your community by taking the survey online at: bit.ly/TCHDsurvey2022. The public health survey will be open throughout July. Anyone who completes the survey can be entered into a drawing to win a $20 gift card (county employees are not eligible). The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous. Gift card drawing registration is not linked to survey responses.
TCHD conducted its first community health survey in March 2019 and received over 1,000 completed surveys. The results of the study were included in both the Community Health Assessment (CHA) and the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), which were completed this year. These reports are available on the TCHD website at: tompkinscountyny.gov/health/communityhealthreports.
“We’re asking all Tompkins County residents to weigh in on what they think makes a healthy community,” said Frank Krupa, Tompkins County Public Health Director. “Your responses will help us identify where there are unmet needs to improve both the physical and mental health of our community. We want to learn what is missing and potentially holding people back from achieving their optimal health, and the best way to do that is to simply ask.”
“We are always working to improve our services to the community,” said Dr. Martin Stallone, president and CEO of Cayuga Health System. “I urge residents to take this opportunity to give their feedback. It is extremely important that we have input from a wide variety of our community.”
CHA and CHIP are required every three years by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for each county, many of which conduct a similar survey. The basis for these reports is Prevention Program of New York, a set of five health priorities that serve as a blueprint for state and local action to improve the health and well-being of all New Yorkers and to promote health equity among all populations experiencing disparities. The priority action plans are further broken down into focus areas, goals, objectives and evidence-based interventions. Priorities include “Preventing Chronic Disease,” “Promoting Wellness and Preventing Substance Use Disorders,” and “Promoting Healthy Women, Babies, and Children.”
The survey questions cover a range of topics, including what makes a healthy community, access to care, food security, physical and mental health, chronic disease and COVID-19. The research takes about ten minutes and can be completed on any mobile device, desktop or laptop computer, or call 2-1-1 (1-877-211-8667) during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5:00pm and staff will help callers complete the survey. TCHD community health workers will be present throughout the month at our local public libraries and can help complete the survey as well. Please contact your local library for more information. For paper copies of the survey, call 607-274-6683 during business hours.
The Tompkins County Health Department is your partner for a healthy community. Find us online at TompkinsCountyNY.gov/healthand follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/TompkinsPublicHealth and on Twitter at @TompkinsHealth. register to receive updates on COVID-19 or other county announcements via email or text message.