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The results from a survey conducted in April 2015 through a partnership between the Community Health Collaborative were announced today at a meeting of community stakeholders. The Community Health Collaborative includes Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, Sanford Health, CHI St. Alexius Health, and the Center for Social Research at North Dakota State University.
The purpose of the survey of residents was to learn about the perceptions of area residents regarding their personal health, the prevalence of disease, and other health issues in their community. The survey was conducted of residents in Burleigh County and Morton County with both on-line and a mail survey.
Primary Areas of Concern Identified • Growth in all non-white races• American Indian population migrating to urban areas• American Indian infant deaths very high statewide• Increase in Alzheimer’s deaths statewide• Injury & Suicide - Leading cause of deaths in young people• Very high rates of death due to falls in elderly• High binge drinking rates• High obesity rates• Low rates of colon cancer screenings• Increase in diabetes rates• Affordable health and dental insurance• Affordable housing for all age groups • Affordable prescription costs• Low consumption of fruits and vegetables• Low seatbelt use• Not getting regular exercise• Increase in crime
A summary of the feedback provided by community stakeholders in attendance today will be placed in a survey tool that will then be distributed to the stakeholders to determine a prioritization of needs for the communities.
An additional survey is planned to reach out to vulnerable populations in the Burleigh-Morton county area. The data collected from the vulnerable populations will be utilized and considered by the stakeholder group when determining the prioritization of needs. Vulnerable populations include the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, the uninsured, low-income children, the elderly, the homeless, those with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and those with other chronic health conditions, including severe mental illness identified as at-risk for health disparities.
Burleigh Morton Community Health Profiles Summary