What will the information be used for?
Planning. The Public Health Impact Assessment Survey will provide information and resident input to help the county revamp its health care system, which may include a new regional medical center and a comprehensive outpatient care network. It is critically important that we understand the health care needs and preferences of county residents.
Why should I pick up the phone and participate?
It is unusual for the public to have a real say in planning a new health care system. This is a great opportunity to have your voice be heard to help shape the future of health care in Prince George's County.
Who is doing the survey?
The survey is being overseen by the School of Public Health's Maryland Center for Health Equity (M-CHE). Social Science Research Solutions, a nationally recognized survey research firm, is working with M-CHE to place the calls to county residents. M-CHE, under the direction of Dr. Stephen B. Thomas, also Professor of Health Services Administration, is dedicated to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities in Maryland. For more information on M-CHE, please see our website: http://healthequity.umd.edu
Who will be called?
The goal of the survey is to have completed surveys from a randomized sample of 1,000 Prince George's County residents, selected to be representive of the county's population. In order to reach that many participants, many more will be called. We want to talk with adults, over the age of 18, who live in the county.
What kinds of questions will be asked?
Prince George's County residents will be asked about their health and well-being, health care behaviors and experiences, perceptions of health care available in Prince George's County, and attitudes toward county hospitals. They will also be asked for their opinions of the health care needs of their family and for the county. The answers from these calls will all be used to help to plan a new health care system in the county.
If I am called, how long will the survey take?
The survey takes approximately 20 minutes.
Will my responses be anonymous?
Absolutely. The survey is anonymous. That means that at no time will you be asked your name and that your answers will be combined with all others. There is no way to know what your responses to any question were on the survey.
How will I know if someone is trying to contact me to participate?
Residents may receive a call on their land line or cell phone. Your caller ID will read "301-405-
0000," which is the caller ID for all University of Maryland exchanges.
Will the results be released to the public?
The results of the survey will be part of the report of the larger public health impact assessment study. The School of Public Health will submit that report to the funding agencies in the spring.
Who can I contact if I have any questions?
For further information on the survey, you can call 301-405-8859 or visit http://www.healthequity.umd.edu
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