In 2022, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) will be conducting a series of community health assessments to better understand the concerns and needs of Delaware communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and to improve health in Delaware in the future. As part of Delaware’s State Health Improvement Planning (SHIP), DPH has partnered with the University of Delaware’s Partnership for Healthy Communities and Epidemiology Program to conduct surveys in each of Delaware’s three counties.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why did I get something in my mail about this? Households who have been randomly selected to participate in the survey will receive a postcard in the mail followed by a survey packet with instructions on how to complete the survey either online or by mail. Instructions about how to redeem incentives for completing the survey will also be included in the survey packet. Postcards reminding selected households to complete the survey will also be mailed out.
How important is it to complete the survey? If you have received a notice that your household was selected to take the survey, your participation is completely voluntary. Participation is encouraged, as these types of household-based surveys can be extremely helpful in providing up-to-date information to guide public health interventions in a way that protects public health while working to understand the needs and concerns of communities across the state. These types of surveys are quick and reliable. Also, only households that complete the survey are eligible for the offered incentive.
I don’t have time to fill out and mail the paper survey or go online and take it. Are those my only options to participate? No, about one month after the survey packets have been mailed out, survey teams of students and community volunteers will be knocking on doors to invite any remaining selected households to take the survey in-person if they haven’t already completed it by mail or online. To find out when the survey teams will be coming to your area, check our SHIP log at https://delawareship.org/delaware-ship-logfor the latest postings and press releases.
How will the information I provide be handled and used? No identifying information will be collected, and your responses will be kept completely confidential. Summary data and analysis from these surveys will be compiled in reports for each county, to be used to assist the Division of Public Health in understanding the needs and concerns of Delaware communities around COVID-19, as well as helping guide and inform the Delaware SHIP toward improving overall health in Delaware.
A community health assessment (sometimes called a CHA), also known as community health needs assessment (sometimes called a CHNA), refers to a state, Tribal, local, or territorial health assessment that identifies key health needs and issues through systematic, comprehensive data collection and analysis. Community health assessments use such principles as
A community health improvement plan (or CHIP) is a long-term, systematic effort to address public health problems based on the results of community health assessment activities and the community health improvement process. A plan is typically updated every three to five years.
The Public Health Accreditation Board defines a community health improvement plan as a long-term, systematic effort to address public health problems on the basis of the results of community health assessment activities and the community health improvement process. This plan is used by health and other governmental education and human service agencies, in collaboration with community partners, to set priorities and coordinate and target resources. A community health improvement plan is critical for developing policies and defining actions to target efforts that promote health. It should define the vision for the health of the community through a collaborative process and should address the gamut of strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and opportunities that exist in the community to improve the health status of that community.