Background: The Speak to Your Health! community survey is a biennial community-based survey designed and implemented by the Prevention Research Center of Michigan whose central mission is to strengthen the capacity of the community to improve health.
Method: The survey was developed collaboratively by the university and community partners that comprise the Prevention Research Center of Michigan and focuses on health and social issues at the heart of the community of Genesee County, Michigan.
Findings: The results of this survey have been used to shape policy changes and strategic planning at the county health department and in local health intervention programs.
Conclusions: This project has demonstrated that useful quantitative data for addressing local public health policy and planning can be collected using the principles of community-based research.
This article describes how a community survey can be used to address local public health policy and planning. It provides a resource for health information for more precise geographical areas than national or state health survey data.
Daniel J. Kruger, PhD, is Research Scientist, Prevention Research Center of Michigan, School of Public Health, University of Michigan.
Lauren Shirey, MPH, is Community Health Analyst, Genesee County Health Department.
Susan Morrel-Samuels, MA, MPH, is Managing Director, Prevention Research Center of Michigan, School of Public Health, University of Michigan.
Stephen Skorcz, MPH, FACHE, is President and CEO, Greater Flint Health Coalition, Flint, Michigan.
Janice Brady, PhD, MS, RN, is Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Michigan State University.
Corresponding Author: Daniel J. Kruger, PhD, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, 1420 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Speak to Your Health! Community Survey was supported by the Prevention Research Center of Michigan (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Grant no. U48/CCU515775), the Genesee County Health Department, and the Greater Flint Health Coalition. We thank the Survey Committee members for their assistance and all respondents who participated in the project.