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Posted on: April 19, 2022

CASPER Community Assessment Survey Coming to Selected Households

CASPER survey

Cochise Health and Social Services (CHSS) will conduct a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) survey of randomly selected neighborhoods within Cochise County in early May 2022.

Participation in the survey is completely confidential and voluntary. The information collected through this effort will help inform public health, emergency management, and county officials on the general health of Cochise County residents and identify how COVID-19 has impacted communities. This information will be used to guide the ongoing and future pandemic response.

Cochise County employees will distribute door hangers with survey information to households in randomly selected neighborhoods. Each door hanger will include three methods to access the online CASPER survey. Households can access the survey by typing the unique survey link provided, into a web browser using a desktop, tablet, or mobile phone. Individuals can also scan the QR code with a compatible mobile phone or tablet camera to access the survey. Or individuals can dial the phone number found on the door hanger to take the survey over the phone with operator assistance.

“We are excited to be able to conduct a CASPER of Cochise County,” says Cochise County Health Director, Alicia M. Thompson. “The CASPER survey is a tool we can use during an active response like COVID-19 to rapidly assess and address community needs. Instead of guessing at what the needs are in our communities, we will have data to inform our decisions.”

Households will have seven days to complete the online survey. A second round of door hangers will be delivered to households as a reminder to those who have not responded to the online survey after the first seven days.  

CASPER is a validated two-stage cluster sampling methodology developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to rapidly obtain information about the health and resource needs of a community. Much like the in-person door-to-door CASPER survey method, the online survey approach is designed to be inexpensive, quick, scalable, and reduces the risk of COVID-19 transmission making it ideal for use during the active pandemic.

The sampling frame for this assessment includes occupied housing units in Cochise County, AZ using 2020 Census block data to select thirty clusters in 29 neighborhoods via random number generation.

For more information on the CASPER survey or media inquiries, please contact Cochise County Public Information Officer at pio@cochise.az.gov

More information is available at www.cochise.az.gov/845/Community-Assessment-for-Public-Health-E

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