Phillips County residents take note. The Arkansas Department of Health is notifying all Arkansans that the ADH Health Statistics Branch will be conducting a telephone survey during the month of February.
The objective of the survey is to provide information on the number of people who have heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, asthma and other health issues. Public health experts will use the results to assess current ADH programs such as Cardiovascular Health, Stamp Out Smoking and BreastCare. The information also will be used to start up new programs to help improve the health of Arkansans.
ADH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta have asked ICF Macro of Martinsville, Va. to conduct the survey. Interviewers will request that a specific adult male or female, age 18 or older, to answer the survey questions.
The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. There will be no sales pitch and the interviewers will ask only health-related questions.
If operators call at an inconvenient time, let the interviewer know and ADH will set up an appointment at a later date.
Participation is vital, says an ADH spokesman, so the results will truly represent the state's population.
The ADH reminds people that answering the health questions is strictly voluntary. Also, the information obtained in the survey will be kept strictly confidential. The household will never be revealed in any reports.
To see results of previous surveys, Arkansans can go to http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/ or visit www.cdc.gov/brfss for national data and comparisons with other states.