Dear School Health Colleagues,
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA-DPH) is trying to hear from communities so that it can better help people through the COVID-19 crisis. By taking this survey, you can help find new solutions to community problems, and give MA-DPH the information they need to take action and support the communities that need it most. MA-DPH is committed to sharing information back in ways that will help us all take collective action
I believe this effort will help us better understand the impact of COVID-19 on our communities and would encourage anyone who is 14 years old or older to participate using this link that will take you to the survey in 7 languages: http://www.mass.gov/COVIDsurvey.
Please share this link to the survey with the organizations and stakeholders you work with and take the survey yourself.
What is CCIS? The COVID-19 Community Impact Survey (CCIS) is an online survey aimed at collecting data to better understand and identify the social, economic, and health needs and inequities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
How will the findings be used? Findings from this survey will be used to improve DPH’s ability to act – helping address the most critical needs, partnering with communities to support local efforts, and informing state policy with accurate information on what people need now and in the long term. Results will be available to community-based organizations for their own planning and action purposes.
Who should take this survey? Anyone 14 or older who lives in MA can and should take the survey. Even people who have not had COVID-19 can take this survey. We have a particular interest in gathering responses from communities who have been impacted the most, including people of color, immigrants, individuals who are LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, essential workers, people experiencing housing instability, older adults, and those in geographic areas hardest hit by COVID-19.
What important information should I know? The survey is available in six common languages spoken in MA: English, Chinese (standard and traditional), Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and Vietnamese.
In particular, I would urge you to share this survey with your school communities, including students over 14, caregivers, and staff.
If you use social media, you could also promote it there using one of the following “sound bytes”:
- MA-DPH is learning how to better help people through COVID-19. Even if you haven’t been sick, your answers can help. Take the survey.
- The COVID-19 Community Impact Survey will help MA-DPH learn about needs across the state, so it can plan resources and support around COVID-19. Take the survey.
- COVID-19 unfairly impacts people of color more than others. Help MA-DPH learn how it can plan resources and support around COVID-19. Take the Community Impact Survey.
Thank you so much for helping us to collect this important information!
Karen Robitaille, MBA, MSN, RN, NCSN
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Director of School Health Services
Division of Child/Adolescent Health and Reproductive Health
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington St. 5th floor, Boston, MA 02108
Personal Webex room: https://statema.webex.com/meet/Karen.Robitaille3