Eastern Panhandle Community Health Needs Assessment

Please help with the Eastern Panhandle Community Health Needs Assessment!

University Healthcare and regional County Health Departments are conducting a community health needs assessment (CHNA) to help with health planning. We would like to know your thoughts on about key health issues and quality of life in the Eastern Panhandle. The information will help us to address critical health issues that you identify.

The anonymous online survey is found at: http://wvu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bft8sKsoxNeL37L (If the link does not open automatically when you click it, copy and paste the link into your web browser) Your participation in the survey is entirely voluntary. The survey should take about 15-20 minutes to complete.

Please share this information with your family, friends, and neighbors. It is important to hear from as many people as possible. For more information, please see the invitation below.


Dear possible participant,
This letter is a request for you to take part in an Eastern Panhandle community health needs assessment. The assessment will gather information about critical health issues, barriers to healthcare and what people are doing to improve healthcare. This information will be put into a report that will be available to people in the community. The project is led by Dr. Joy Buck, PhD, APRN, Professor, WVU, Eastern Division. Dr. Buck is a community/public health nurse and a long-standing resident of the Eastern Panhandle.

As part of this study, you are being asked to participate in an online survey. The name of the survey is the Community Health Needs Assessment Community Strengths and Themes Survey. We would like to know your thoughts on a variety of topics related to health and quality of life in the Eastern Panhandle. There are no right or wrong answers and only you will know how you respond to them. It should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete survey that can be found at: http://wvu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bft8sKsoxNeL37L

Your involvement in this project will be kept as confidential as legally possible. At the end there are a few demographic questions but you will not be asked to state your identity or that of your employer. We will not be able to link your identity to your responses. All results of this survey will be reported in aggregate (all responses put together) versus individual form. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
Your participation is completely voluntary. You may skip any question that you do not wish to answer and you may stop taking the assessments at any time. West Virginia University's Institutional Review Board acknowledgement of this project is on file.

I hope that you will participate in this research project. It is important for us to understand your perspective on the health of your community and important issues that the health care community should address. Thank you very much for your time. Should you have any questions about this letter or the research project, please feel free to contact me at 304-596-6381 or by email at jbuck@hsc.wvu.edu