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For Release: May 20, 2015
Media Contact: Amy McCauley, Outreach Manager, (828) 695-5818,


HICKORY, NC – Catawba County Public Health is asking for opinions on important health issues through the Catawba County Community Health Opinion Survey. Feedback from the survey will help determine Catawba County’s health priorities for the next four years.

All Catawba County residents age 18 and older are invited to participate in the survey, which asks questions about health opinions and behaviors. The survey can be accessed online at The survey takes less than ten minutes, and all survey responses are anonymous.

The survey is being conducted now through May 29 as part of the 2015 Catawba County Community Health Assessment (CHA). Produced every four years, the Community Health Assessment serves as a comprehensive status report on health issues affecting Catawba County residents. The 2015 assessment will be published in March 2016.

The assessment will also include a summary of the county’s health priorities, which are determined based on community input and local health data. Health priorities are identified to help focus local efforts toward improving the most prevalent health concerns in the county.

The most recent Catawba County Community Health Assessment, which was completed in 2011, can be viewed online by clicking the “Community Health Data” link on Public Health’s website, The Catawba County health priorities determined through the 2011 assessment process were access to care, cancer, obesity, and substance abuse.

Questions about the Catawba County Community Health Opinion Survey can be directed to Catawba County Public Health at (828) 695-5800. Paper copies and additional translations are available.

Located off Fairgrove Church Road behind Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, N.C., Catawba County Public Health provides health and education services to eligible men, women, and children in the community. For more information, please visit

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