Community Health Assessment Underway

Posted on Mar 04, 2013

Amarillo, TX – Don’t be surprised if you get a call from the (940) area code during the next two weeks. The University of North Texas Survey Research Center in Denton will be performing the City’s Community Health Assessment (CHA) telephone survey. Landlines and mobile lines are being called and area citizens can expect to be asked health-related questions.

“This survey is conducted every three years to collect data and provide statistical information contained in our Community Health Assessment,” says Matt Richardson, director of public health. “This helps us prioritize community health issues and guide strategic decisions on services provided.”

Richardson adds that the data is collected using similar questions asked in national surveys performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That data is used to compare responses from the Amarillo area to Texas and the United states.

If your number is one of those randomly selected for this survey, the research center says to expect the call to last approximately 15 minutes. Data is always anonymous and the callers should not ask for a name, social security number or other identifying information. The surveyor will only ask for demographic information like your age, gender, education, race, ethnicity and income level.

“In addition to benefiting our public health priorities, the CHA will help other Amarillo agencies inform their stakeholders about health status indicators in our community,” Richardson says. “ the information may be used in state and federal grant applications , local philanthropy as well as research settings.”

For more information about the City of Amarillo’s Public Health Department, visit

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