Sunday, April 21, 2024

The Public Health Department is conducting an anonymous survey through May to identify residents’ top health, environmental and social justice concerns.

The Cambridge Health Survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and can be accessed here in English, Amharic, Arabic, Haitian Creole, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish. Translated print copies can be obtained by contacting the department at (617) 665-3826.

The department has received more than 500 completed surveys since April and hopes to triple that number in May.

“We strongly encourage residents to take the Cambridge Health Survey,” said Claude Jacob, the city’s chief public health officer and director of the department. “Your voice matters to us, and we need strong input from the community to create a successful plan for addressing the health needs of the city.”

The department is especially interested in hearing from people who belong to groups that traditionally have not had a strong voice at the table when it comes to determining community health priorities. To better understand the concerns of these communities, the department is speaking directly with small groups of youth, residents with disabilities, American-born black residents, LGBTQ+ residents and residents who do not speak English as a first language.