City of Gainesville Launches Online Survey to Assess Health Equity and Access

Press release from City of Gainesville

The City of Gainesville has launched an online survey to gauge equitable access to quality health care in Gainesville. The ten-question survey asks questions such as, “Have you visited a health care provider in the past year?” It is expected to take no longer than 5 minutes to complete and can be accessed here

“The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the depths of health care disparities in our community,” said Gainesville City Commissioner Gigi Simmons. “The feedback we gather through the survey will help us better understand our community’s health-care needs and inform our decisions on action planning,” she said. 

The deadline to respond to the survey is Friday, Dec. 4. Survey findings are expected to be presented at the December 10 meeting of the City’s General Policy Committee. 

“This year has shown us there is no better time to address the barriers to accessing medical care and healthcare services,” said Barzella Papa, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of North Central Florida. “We invite everyone to become involved in the health of our community by taking the survey,” she added. 

The City has prioritized health equity in its current strategic plan. City leaders are among the members of the Health Equity and Advisory Group, a group of area community leaders, local health experts, medical faculty and staff, and advocacy organization members dedicated to building greater access to quality health care in Gainesville.