Our Health, Our Community survey deadline extended to hear from more Cowichan Valley residents

The Our Health, Our Community survey for the Cowichan Valley region is being extended and will remain open until October 3 to help boost participation. 

Adults 18 and older living in the Cowichan Valley can anonymously voice their opinions in the online health and well-being survey. Questions range from mental health, safety, commuting, and climate change and extreme weather like heat and forest fires. 

Island Health and Our Cowichan Communities Health Network (OCCHN) launched the health and wellness survey in July to gather information to help inform programs, services, and policies in the region. To date, approximately 3,150 people have completed the survey. The goal is to hear from 4,500 people. 

Dr. Shannon Waters, medical health officer, Island Health, says, “We’re about halfway there. To be able to truly understand the needs and priorities of our communities and get the most accurate representation, we still need to hear from about 1,350 people, particularly men, youth aged 18 to 24, First Nations Peoples, Métis Peoples, and those living in Chemainus, Cowichan Valley West and communities in South Cowichan.” 

Cindy Lise, OCCHN regional facilitator, shares, “Thank you to the more than 3,150 residents who have completed the survey so far. We appreciate the region coming together and participating as this survey will help generate the quality data our region requires to respond to demographic shifts and changing health and community needs.”

Anyone who completes the survey can enter in a prize draw for gift cards to local grocers, gas bars, and recreation facilities, and a grand prize of an iPad 10. For full prize draw rules, visit the survey website. The survey closes October 3 at 5 p.m.

The survey can be found at: www.ourhealthourcommunity.ca.