How satisfied are you with your community’s health? Douglas County wants to know

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Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health and the University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Population Health have teamed up to conduct a survey in order to “better understand community members’ priorities,” according to the survey’s website.

“We are recruiting people to help us better understand what health issues are important and how well those issues are addressed in Douglas County,” the website reads.

Daniel Smith, communications officer for LDCPH, said the survey is intended to run for six weeks. It launched on April 11, and will end on May 16, though “we may extend the survey beyond that date.”

The survey can be found online, but paper surveys are also available in multiple locations: the Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health Clinic and Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center; Douglas County Housing Authority; Haskell Indian Health Center; public libraries in Lawrence, Baldwin and Eudora; and the Lecompton U.S. Post Office.

The online survey takes about 15 minutes, and it’s completely anonymous.

Part 1 of the survey focuses on community health issues and asks participants to choose a number between 0 and 4 twice: first to indicate how important each issue is to them, and then to show how satisfied they are with the community’s efforts to deal with them. 

Some of the statements participants are asked to provide feedback on include “quality childcare is available and affordable,” “local air, water, and soil is free from pollutants,” “people are treated fairly and without discrimination,” “health insurance is available for all,” “our community is walkable/bikeable/wheelable,” “people do not experience hunger,” “our community has a fair criminal justice system,” and “people are free from chronic stress or constant worry.”

Part 2 of the survey asks for basic demographic information such as your age and gender identity, how long you’ve lived in Douglas County, and employment status. The survey concludes with a free-response space for participants to express other concerns they have about Douglas County health.

The survey is available at

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Emma Bascom (she/her) reported for The Lawrence Times from December 2021 through May 2022. Read more of her work for the Times here.

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