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Lancaster opens online public health survey

Lancaster city on Monday launched a survey of city residents, part of its “Healthy Lancaster, Healthy Lives” initiative.

The online questionnaire is available in English, Spanish, Arabic and Swahili on the HLHL website. It asks participants about their physical and mental health and their access to “social determinants” that affect health outcomes: Fresh food, medical care, secure housing and so on. It asks them to compare their health before and after the pandemic, and what they think the city can do to improve local health and wellbeing.

The survey will remain available through June and will be publicized and promoted with partner organizations and at community events, the city said.

“Healthy Lancaster, Healthy Lives” will also incorporate focus groups, stakeholder interviews and community forums. The research initiative is a collaboration between City Hall and numerous nonprofits and health organizations.

“Through the HLHL initiative, we hope to engage with our community partners to promote health equity and improve overall wellbeing,” Mayor Danene Sorace said in a statement.