Eagle River Valley residents have the opportunity to help Eagle Valley Behavioral Health, a Vail Health facility, improve the quality of life in the area.
National research firm PRC, based in Omaha, Nebraska, will conduct telephone surveys of about 400 people in the area throughout March. An online survey will also be available at EagleValleyBH.org.
The confidential survey will ask questions about residents’ connections to the community, quality of life and health needs related to mental health and alcohol use. This survey was first conducted in January 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the community. The same survey questions will be used in 2022 to identify areas where the pandemic has impacted behavioral health and sense of community.
“Previous surveys have focused on broader issues in the community, and this survey focuses on behavioral health issues and provides us with baseline and ongoing data,” said Chris Lindley, Vail Health’s chief population health officer and executive director of Eagle Valley Behavioral Health. “The intention is to conduct this survey every two years so that we can back up with data what our communities have been saying anecdotally and use data to determine what is working and what still needs to be addressed.”
Households receiving a telephone survey are selected at random and both online and telephone surveys take less than 10 minutes to complete. Telephone and online surveys will be available in English and Spanish.
“It’s critical that we have a variety of demographic groups that respond to the survey because we have a variety of people living in our valley,” Lindley said. “Our population in Eagle County is more than 30 percent Hispanic, and the input of everyone is critical to creating a more holistic view of what’s happening in behavioral health in our community.”
The survey results will help local organizations understand where the needs are greatest and find ways to strengthen the services and community connections that improve the quality of life for all residents.
For more information about the survey or to take the online survey, visit EagleValleyBH.org.