(January 12, 2023): San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) has launched a survey to gather input from La Plata and Archuleta county residents on their primary public and environmental health priorities and needs. The results of this community health assessment will guide a public health improvement plan that will inform the service and program priorities in both counties. 

SJBPH conducts community health assessments as part of a public health improvement plan every five years, in keeping with Colorado statutory requirements. Both Archuleta and La Plata counties are in the process of forming individual health departments to launch on January 1, 2024 following SJBPH’s dissolution. Input received from the community is essential and will be provided to both counties. 

“We urge residents to take the community health assessment survey and pass it along to friends and family. Public health relies on participation, and this is a great opportunity to share your input about health priorities and the state of community health in La Plata and Archuleta counties. The survey is easy to fill out and anonymous. Not only will the results inform public health programs and services in the years to come, but they are also shared with organizations and government agencies across the region to help guide their planning as well,” said Liane Jollon, SJBPH’s executive director. 

In addition to the survey, SJBPH will hold informal focus groups and key informant interviews throughout the jurisdiction to discuss public health and wellness indicators with targeted populations. 

SJBPH’s survey is open through April 7 to any Archuleta or La Plata county resident and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous. Find the survey and more information at the following links: English version; Spanish version. To receive a paper version of this survey, please call SJBPH at 970-247-5702 in La Plata County or 970-264-2409 in Archuleta County. 

If you have any questions, please contact CHAsurvey@sjbpublichealth.org.