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Public health district conducts needs survey

Moscow-Pullman Daily News - 3/2/2024

Mar. 2—Idaho residents in Latah, Nez Perce, Lewis, Clearwater and Idaho counties have until the end of March to help guide Public Health District 2 in decisions affecting health and social service programs in the community.

The north central health district's survey is designed to take 10-15 minutes, and is available online or at a public health office.

The survey asks residents about issues including access to physical and mental health care, housing, employment, child care and transportation. It also asks about barriers to accessing certain services, maintaining healthy habits, and substance use.

Michael Wells, communications manager for Public Health Idaho North Central District, said the survey will help the district meet the needs of community members.

"When people respond to these questions that will directly contribute to shaping future health initiatives and services," he said.

The survey is conducted every three to five years, Wells said, with the last survey in District 2 conducted five years ago. At the time, survey respondents identified tobacco use as a significant health issue.

"So we increased our tobacco cessation offerings, and we increased our tobacco education in our communities," Wells said.

Wells said the previous survey had roughly 1% participation out of the health district's roughly 112,000 residents. He's hoping to see as many or more in 2024.

The survey is anonymous and allows participants to skip questions.


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