HUNTERDON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Trained interviewers will randomly contact and anonymously interview 1,100 Hunterdon County households through a health-focused telephone survey to begin August 23. Later compiled into a statistical product known as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance, the survey data will offer a benchmark not only of current county health behaviors and choices but also an excellent comparative of similar behaviors for the past 15 years. This provides a valuable look at where the local health community is achieving success in its programs and where future resources should be directed.
"By openly asking Hunterdon County residents about their health and lifestyle choices, we get the best possible information about personal decisions being made on a day-to-day basis that affect individual health and quality of life in our community," explained Beckley.
Robert Wise, President and CEO of Hunterdon Healthcare added, “The data gathered from this survey is important to developing programs that fulfill a need in our community. From previous surveys, Hunterdon Medical Center and the County Health Department have concentrated on nutrition, cardiac risk assessment and behavioral health as issues that are concerns to residents.”
The BRFSS is a national initiative lead by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The survey is used to measure the health status and risk factors among citizens. Funding for this project is provided by the Hunterdon Medical Center, Hunterdon Healthcare Partners, Hunterdon County United Way, Hunterdon County YMCA, and the county health department.
"If you are one of the residents who get a call, this is your opportunity to confidentially share your health opinions," Beckley emphasized. "This is an important way to make a positive difference in future health services for all Hunterdon County residents."