Clifton Community Health Assessment Needs Your Input


Most of us agree that there’s nothing more important than good health, and we will do what we can to stay healthy and informed. That’s why it’s so important to participate in the ongoing Community Health Assessment (CHA) Survey currently being conducted by the Clifton Health Department. The purpose of the survey is to help the department become more aware of which public health initiatives they should focus on to best address the community's needs.

Answers can be submitted anonymously and confidentiality is assured; no identifiable information will be revealed. The survey is not mandatory but it is necessary for the department to understand the issues our community is concerned about and to help guide them in their work. You must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of Clifton to participate.

The questions focus on financial and housing stability, health insurance, availability of quality medical care, and ability to pay for insurance, treatment, and medication. The impact of Covid has a separate section as we are now learning more about long-Covid’s mental and physical effects.

Additional questions deal with affordable housing, open space and community meeting sites, road and transportation issues, safety, and quality of life issues. When asking most questions, the survey uses simple responses such as thumbs up (yes) or thumbs down (no). There are spots where you can explain your concerns if desired.

The survey needs many more respondents for a few reasons: the Health Department needs to know the issues that affect all of us so that they can design and implement programs that best meet our needs and it’s far more effective for us to speak our concerns (anonymously, if desired) than to suffer the consequences of lost opportunities. Unless we tell those who can make a difference what our concerns are, the Health Department has no way of knowing.

Finally, the Clifton Health Department is one of only seven cities in the state that have received national Public Health accreditation, a measure of quality and excellence. Information from the CHA will allow the department to ensure that citizens' needs are adequately addressed and met in Clifton. The survey also addresses a requirement of this recent accreditation.

Please log onto the Health Department page of the Clifton city website to read about the various events and initiatives there. To respond to the survey, simply click this link or scan the QR code below. The CHA is available in English, Spanish, Polish, and Arabic. 

The deadline for responses has been extended and the Department will keep on taking responses as long as necessary.

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