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North Idaho residents sought for health survey

Panhandle Health District is seeking help to update the region’s Community Health Needs Assessment.

North Idaho residents can take an online survey to give input on local health-related needs and concerns. It requires only about 10 minutes to complete and responses are kept anonymous.

The survey questions focus on personal health behaviors such as exercise, tobacco use, doctor visits and more. The data collected will be used to assess the community’s health status and identify emerging health-related concerns as well as priorities.

In addition to community focus groups and secondary data, survey results will assist the district and other organizations in targeting health improvements. The survey is open at, and participants can enter to win a Kindle Fire.

Panhandle Health District is locally controlled and governed. County commissioners from Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah and Shoshone counties appoint a Board of Health that governs the district’s policies based on the community’s needs.