The Survey dubbed ‘My Health My Community’ will be providing residents within Chilliwack and other communities a voice in the health and wellness of where they live.
“What were really hoping for is to get a broad representation of the City of Chilliwack to help see the big picture and help shape our community and help planners and City Council do a better job of meeting the needs,” Community Health Specialist with the FHA, Anne Todd says.
Todd went on to say that the survey will also help the FHA do a better job of meeting the needs of the community today and in the future.
She also stated during her presentation that 60% of the factors that make us sick are related to social, economic and environmental factors. The survey will seek to see how these factors are influencing the health of community members in Chilliwack and in-turn provide the information for future planning of services, programs and infrastructure.
The FHA hopes to to have 1300 surveys completed in Chilliwack, which is about 2% of the population. At this point they only have about 17% of that target, which is disappointing thus far if the FHA wants to get a good picture of the whole community.
The survey takes about 20 minutes to do and is available until March 31st, 2014, so there is plenty of time.
“We quite often dismiss surveys,” Councilor Chuck Stam says. “How critical it is, especially for senior levels of government when they look at those things. They look at needs assessments and they look at surveys, and that data that they glean from it as to what services they will provide for the community.”
Councilor Stam urges Chilliwack residents to take the time and fill out the survey before it’s too late to have your say and your voice heard.