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Health Surveys

In 2019, Niagara Region Public Health is taking part in two ongoing health surveys:

Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System

  • Audience: Niagara residents, ages 18 years and older
  • Data collection method: Telephone
  • Data privacy: Anonymous
  • Status: Ongoing

This survey is currently only available by phone and takes less than 20 minutes to complete.

This survey provides timely and useful information to help plan Niagara Region's programs and services. The survey collects information about the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours of Niagara residents.

Participants who agree to take part will be asked questions about health-related topics such as cannabis use, oral health, and nutrition. There are also demographic questions such as age and education.

Data is collected by health units across Ontario by trained telephone interviewers working at the Institute for Social Research at York University (Toronto). Cell phone and landline telephone numbers are selected randomly using a computer program. Participants may receive a letter in the mail prior to the call to inform them that their phone number has been selected.

Interviewers will call:

  • Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
  • Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday from 2 to 9:45 p.m.

If an interviewer calls at an inconvenient time, an appointment can be made for a day or time that is more convenient to the participant.

Participation is voluntary and respondents can refuse to take part at any point in the survey. Collected information is confidential and cannot be linked back to survey participants. When Niagara Region receives the data for analysis, it is anonymous.

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Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey

  • Audience: Niagara residents, grades 7 to 12
  • Data collection method: Paper-based
  • Data privacy: Anonymous
  • Status: Ongoing

This survey is only available in publicly-funded schools in Niagara in the 2018-2019 school year, and collects information about the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours of Niagara students.

Parents of students at selected schools are required to sign a letter of consent for their child to participate. Participants who agree to take part will be asked questions about health-related topics such as substance use, physical activity, and mental health. There are also demographic questions such as age and grade in school.

Data is collected by the Centre for Addition and Mental Health through the Institute for Social Research at York University (Toronto). Participants complete the survey during class time at school.

Participation is voluntary and respondents can refuse to take part at any point in the survey. Collected information is confidential and cannot be linked back to survey participants. When Niagara Region receives the data for analysis, it is anonymous.

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