Champaign Co. asked for feedback on public health needs

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CHAMPAIGN COUNTY – A new survey from the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) will look at how prepared local residents feel for potential disasters.

The Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response – or CASPER – survey is a first-of-its-kind initiative that will take place in neighborhoods across Champaign County on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 from noon to 6 PM. Volunteers will visit Champaign, Homer, Rantoul, Sadorus, Savoy, St. Joseph and Urbana.

Volunteers will be walking around neighborhoods wearing a blue vest or a blue t-shirt that says Medical Reserve Corps.

CASPER was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, Health Studies Branch to enable the government to assess a community’s health needs after a disaster. It also measures household preparedness for disasters or emergencies.

Data collected over this weekend will be used by the CUPHD to address public health and emergency preparedness needs in the community.

Those who participate can rest assured that none of their personal information will be collected. The survey is also completely voluntary, with participants being allowed to refuse to answer certain questions.

This is an opportunity to provide anonymous feedback about public health needs.

Findings from the survey and public health educational materials will be posted on the CUPHD website later this fall.

Anyone interested in volunteering or who has questions can contact the Emergency Preparedness Planner at 217-531-2932.

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