Poll results inform Mass DPH efforts to improve health in individual cities and towns
The state’s Community Health Equity Initiative (CHEI) collects data to figure out what needs various communities face, so funding and resources can be used effectively. The main source of this information is the annual Community Health Equity Survey, which asks residents about access to basic needs like health care and transportation, physical and mental health and wellbeing and experiences with COVID-19, including ongoing symptoms.
The survey is anonymous and will collect demographic data, like experiences with housing, education and work and age, gender, race and where you live. It will not ask for information that will identify individuals. At the end of the survey is a link to resources to connect interested residents with things like food and economic assistance, mental health and substance use services and parenting resources.
By taking the survey, you help ensure that Tewksbury’s needs are represented when Mass DPH considers changes to programs and policies and how and where resources go. CHEI also shares results of the survey with partners across Massachusetts to support the important work they are doing to improve health in their communities.
The survey will be open through early Fall 2023. Anyone aged 14 and older can take the survey. It takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes to complete and is available in 11 languages: Arabic, Cape Verdean Creole, Chinese (simplified), Chinese traditional, English, Haitian Creole, Khmer, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
For more information about the Community Health Equity Initiative and the survey, please visit the website: www.mass.gov/CHEI