Program Priority: Increase awareness of health issues related to underserved populations.

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Background

The Bridge to Health Survey has been a valued source of information on the health status of the adults in the Northeastern Minnesota / Northwestern Wisconsin region over the past 20 years. The survey was first conducted in 1995 and repeated in 2000, 2005, and 2010.  The 2015 survey was completed in October.  The data was released at the Bridge to Health Survey Conference on April 1, 2016, and is now  available to download at no cost on the survey website.

 

Who's involved?

Generations Health Care Initiatives directed and was the major sponsor of the 2005 and 2010 Bridge to Health Surveys and will continue to provide leadership and support for the 2015 survey. Throughout its history, this Survey has been a collaborative effort involving organizations representing public health, tribal health services, hospitals, clinics, non-profit agencies, health plans, foundations, and educational institutions.  Over 60 sponsors are supporting the 2015 survey efforts.

 

What is it?

The Bridge to Health Surveys are designed to gather population-based health data on adult residents in 8 Minnesota counties (Aitkin, Cook, Carlton, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine, and St. Louis) and Douglas County, Wisconsin. A random selection of adult residents in the target population have participated through telephone interviews or mail surveys.

The Survey topics include:

  •     o Overall health status    
  •     o Disease prevalence (physical and mental health)
  •     o Health risk behavior (tobacco use, alcohol use, diet, exercise, etc.)
  •     o Access to health and dental care
  •     o Preventive Health Screenings

Survey results are available for the region, individual counties, and the City of Duluth.

For more information visit the Bridge to Health website.

 

What is the survey data used for?

The goal of the survey is to provide information that will enable organizations and communities to better understand the health of the region's population. Area organizations have utilized survey data in a number of ways, i.e., program planning, development of new programs/services, advocacy, evaluation, and fundraising.  The ability to have the data by gender, age, educational status, poverty level, and geography assists in targeting specific populations.

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