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Online survey underway to take pulse of health equity in Dan River Region
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Online survey underway to take pulse of health equity in Dan River Region

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Residents of the Dan River Region are invited to take an online health survey to check the overall pulse and well-being of the area.

The Health Collaborative — a coalition of organizations working to address inequitable access to health care — has partnered with the UNC Greensboro Center for Housing and Community Studies for the survey aimed at people living in Danville and Pittsylvania County in Virginia and Caswell County in North Carolina.

Survey results will help the organization gain insights into what’s needed to improve the health of the region, a news releases stated.

“The data from the 2017 Health Equity Report has been insightful and regularly helps us better understand and address the health needs of our region,” said Alan Larson, CEO of Sovah Health. “I look forward to the release of the updated report and encourage you to be part of this important process by completing the community survey.”

The questions relate to social determinants of health, access to health care, availabilities of health care resources and COVID-19 impact, according to the release. In addition, other conditions or issues that may affect access to health care and other health-related resources are examined in the survey.

For this area, poverty is one of the “defining issues impacting health outcomes,” the release stated. It’s estimated that 1-in-5 Dan River Region residents live below the poverty line. There are about 55,000 people who don’t have a personal doctor of health care provider.

“This study provides data and analysis that will be useful in identifying and addressing health disparities,” said Dr. Stephen Sills, the lead researcher for the project.

The assessment will spotlight the health areas that need improvement as well as address and barriers the community faces to access medical services. Assessment can be used to identify “gaps between community health assets and needs of residents disproportionately impacted by health issues,” the release stated.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and will be open for the next month. After finishing it, participants may register to be included in a drawing for one of 10 $50 gift cards.

A final report is expected to be presented to the public in late August.

The survey can be accessed online at https://bit.ly/3hsUWmA.

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