Essex Co. Health Dept. launches public survey

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Essex County Health Department is asking community members to take a short survey about health.

It asks residents questions about individual and family health challenges, social and environmental issues and accessing care.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our community members to tell us what they experience. We want to use survey information to help us better understand what’s going on in our communities,” said Public Health Director Linda Beers in a press release.

“Remember — your participation is voluntary and anonymous.”

The survey is part of a broad Community Health Needs Assessment, she said. Assessments are done every few years by local health departments and hospitals.

Results are used to decide which health issues need to be addressed and to match programs and services with the needs of local communities.

The survey is available online at through the end of this month and takes only 10 minutes to complete, Beers said. All responses are anonymous and maintained confidentially.