IPHA Members and Public Health Advocates,
Last spring, the General Assembly listened to the public health community and enacted HB 3504 to require that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) conduct an annual Healthy Illinois Survey.
We need your help again to get funding for the Healthy Illinois Survey into the next state budget in the amount of $4.7 million.
The pandemic has highlighted the importance of local public health data to both understand population health and identify trends. The data from the Healthy Illinois Survey will also guide greater equity in our health and healthcare interventions by addressing root causes, social determinants of health, and health disparities.
Would you take a couple of minutes to reach out to your State Senator and Representative to ask that they include $4.7 million in the Fiscal Year 2023 budget for the Healthy Illinois Survey? A sample email you can send is below, or feel free to reach out by phone!
There are only four weeks left in the spring legislative session. Your action now will support efforts by our Healthy Illinois Survey sponsors - Senator Adriane Johnson and Representative Edgar Gonzalez - to get this funding in place.
Last spring, the General Assembly voted unanimously (HB 3504) to require the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to conduct a comprehensive annual survey of Illinois residents to provide robust and statistically reliable public health data for every county across Illinois.
The survey will examine a broad set of social determinants of health including access to care, civic engagement, childhood experiences, chronic health conditions, nutrition, financial security, food security, mental health, community conditions, physical activity, physical safety, substance abuse and violence.
The results of the survey will guide policy makers, including legislators, IDPH, local departments of public health, hospitals and others to make informed decisions on how to best allocate limited public health resources.
I am asking for you to support $4.7 million in the Fiscal Year 2023 state budget for the Illinois Department of Public Health to conduct the Healthy Illinois Survey - a critically important public health tool.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted inequities in health care and the need for careful and focused public health investments. The Healthy Illinois Survey will provide the information we need to make sure those investments are meeting clearly identified needs.
As laid out in HB3504, IDPH will implement the Healthy Illinois Survey by:
- Conducting an annual Healthy Illinois Survey of a sample of Illinois residents to provide statistically reliable data for every county, zip code groupings in more highly populated counties and cities, suburban Cook County municipalities, and Chicago community areas.
- Producing statistically reliable data on racial, ethnic, gender, age and other demographic groups of state residents to inform health equity goals.
- Examining social determinants of health including access to care, civic engagement, childhood experiences, chronic health conditions, COVID-19, diet, financial security, food security, mental health, community conditions, physical activity, physical safety, substance abuse, violence and other relevant health equity topics.
- Engaging local health departments, and other stakeholders to advise on the survey.
- Providing results in useful forms to cities, communities, local health departments, hospitals and other users, including publishing geographic and demographic data on their website, produce special reports and analysis, use it for the State Health Assessment.
- Providing the entire jurisdictional dataset to local health departments for their use and analysis.
IPHA Policy and Legislative Committee