Participants will be asked an array of questions, ranging from access to healthcare and health risk behaviors (such as smoking, alcohol and drugs); exercise habits, and various medical conditions (such as diabetes, heart disease or stroke).
Five area hospitals -- Cooper University Health Care, Kennedy University Hospital, Lourdes Health System, Underwood-Memorial Hospital, and Virtua – and the Health Departments of Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties, have partnered with Holleran, a national research firm to conduct the surveys and compile the results.
Beginning in mid-October, 2500 randomly selected households in Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester counties will be called at their home telephone number to participate in this survey.
For those receiving phone calls, the name Holleran and a number with a 717 area code may show on the caller ID. Please be sure to answer this call. Also, residents can schedule a more convenient time to take the survey, and anyone who resides in the three counties can also call 1-800-218-6468 to participate.
As part of the federal healthcare reform law, not-for-profit hospitals with tax-exempt status are required to conduct an official community health needs assessment every three years. The County Health Departments are required to conduct a community needs assessment as part of their accreditation process.
Results from this survey are public and will be available on each hospital's website. Survey results will be used to develop healthcare programs and iniatives geared towards improving healthcare services in the affected communities.