September 29 2014
JUNEAU – SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is sponsoring the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a biannual telephone survey that will be conducted over a two month period this year from October to November. At least 600 households in Southeast Alaska will be invited to participate in a 15 minute, confidential, telephone survey that focuses on gathering health related information. Health care indicators of interest include things like healthcare access, quality of life, and health practices that affect the prevalence of chronic disease.
The region-specific survey provides SEARHC with data that can’t be found in the annual statewide BRFSS study. The statewide survey does attempt to assess the health risks of Alaska Natives and American Indians; however, the numbers are small and require the state to combine years of data to get significant results. The SEARHC BRFSS contains many of the same questions used by the statewide survey, so comparisons to the statewide data are also available. This survey, conducted by SEARHC every two years, and will be the sixth such survey conducted by the organization since 2005, so comparisons with previous years are also available.
SEARHC is committed to being responsive to the needs of the 18 communities the Consortium serves. The data collected in this survey is analyzed over time and summarized. The results are used to guide SEARHC in program planning, determining how health services are provided, and evaluating the success of prevention initiatives. The five years of analyzed SEARHC BRFSS data from 2005-2011 shows an overall positive change in many health behaviors and attitudes of Southeast Alaska residents, an indication that SEARHC initiatives are working.
SEARHC is asking for those that are called to participate in the BRFSS telephone survey, and also to encourage family and friends to participate. Completing the survey makes a difference and will help improve preventative health services at SEARHC.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Nancy Eagan at 907-364-4454 or firstname.lastname@example.org.