Health Department Alerts Arkansas To Telephone Survey

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is alerting all Arkansans that they may receive a telephone call from the ADH Health Statistics Branch. The branch is performing a survey that is going to give information on the number of people who have heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, asthma and many more health issues. Public health experts will use the results to evaluate current programs like Cardiovascular Health, Stamp Out Smoking and BreastCare and create new programs to improve the health of Arkansans.

ICF Macro of Martinsville, Virginia is conducting this survey on behalf of the ADH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. When interviewers call, they will ask a specific male or female 18 or older in the household to please answer the health questions from the survey. It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete the health survey.

Interviewers won’t be making a sales pitch of any kind and will only ask health-related questions confidentially. If by chance operators call at an inconvenient time, please let the interviewer know, and ADH will gladly set up an appointment at a better time. Participation in this survey is important for the results to truly represent Arkansas’s population.

Answering the health questions is voluntary; the information citizens provide in the health survey will be kept strictly confidential, and the household will never be identified in any reports. Arkansans may see results of previous surveys on the Internet at http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/, or visit www.cdc.gov/brfss for national data and comparison to other states.

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