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Surveyors going throughout the county to gauge impressions of public health.

UTAH COUNTY, Utah (February 14, 2012) -- The Utah County Health Department together with the Utah County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) will be conducting a community health assessment in March 2012. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have randomly selected 30 census blocks located in Utah County and from those, seven households will be randomly selected from each of the 30 census blocks. This means 210 randomly selected households in Utah County (which may or may not include your household) will be surveyed on one of two Saturdays in March: either Saturday March 3rd between 9 AM to 2 PM or Saturday March 10th between 9 AM to 2 PM.

The survey will be conducted by 60 Utah County MRC volunteers who will be divided up into 30 teams of two in order to reach all 210 households spanning across Utah County. This survey is completely voluntary. Households that choose to participate will receive a $25 prepaid VISA gift card at the end of the survey.

The purpose of the survey is three-fold. First, it will gather community input regarding areas for health improvement and factors which contribute to health challenges in Utah County. Second, this survey will assist the Utah County public health system develop a community health improvement plan and ultimately make Utah County a healthier place to live. Lastly, it will give the Utah County MRC volunteers experience in implementing a rapid needs assessment developed by the CDC for public health emergency response. If you have any questions please contact Toni Carpenter 801-851-7099 at the Utah County Health Department.