Will collect and analyze general health information to assist in community health planning.
Austin Public Health, joined by key community partners, are collaborating to conduct the 2nd Community Health Assessment (CHA). The CHA engages community members and local public health partners to collect and analyze health-related data from many sources. Three critical tasks are accomplished through the Community Health Assessment. These include informing community decision-making, prioritizing health problems, and assisting in the development and implementation of community health improvement plans.
As part of the planned 2017 CHA, Austin Public Health is adding a survey tool to gather household information about our community. The tool is called Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER). Public health field teams will conduct interviews in sample households throughout Travis County over two days Friday, April 7th and Saturday April 8th.
CASPER survey team members will include: epidemiologists, public health and emergency response personnel, and public health students. The survey will not be used to collect any personal health information, and will only be conducted during daylight hours. Participation in the survey is voluntary and residents may decline to participate if approached by interviewers. All CASPER volunteers will be wearing clearly marked vests and will have identification cards.
This CASPER survey will help inform the Community Health Assessment about community perceptions of health needs, issues and strengths. More information about community health planning can be found: http://www.austintexas.gov/healthforum
Communications and Public Information Office
301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701