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Our Cowichan Communities Health Network wants to diagnose the status of health in Cowichan. - Andrew Leong/file
Our Cowichan Communities Health Network wants to diagnose the status of health in Cowichan.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

How healthy is Cowichan?

Our Cowichan - Communities Health Network's hoping to find out just that with a survey available online until April 25.

"The Community Health Profile will prove to be a powerful resource to educate and encourage each and every one of us to do our part to improve our health," said Our Cowichan co-chair Jennifer Jones.

"We are confident this profile will prove to be a valuable tool to a host of individuals and agencies throughout the region striving to improve the health and well-being of our citizens and our communities,” added co-chair Rob Hutchins.

According to organizers, people are looking for more than just good health care services.

"They also need adequate income, employment, education, social connections and healthy places to live," states an Our Cowichan press release. "These factors, and others, called the determinants of health interact and affect our health and well-being.

"By considering the whole picture and working together, all citizens of the Cowichan communities can enjoy better health."

The geographic area of people invited to take part includes anyone living in the Cowichan Region stretching as far as the Gulf Islands of Valdes in the east to the Mouth of the Nitinat in the west, from the Malahat in the south to North Oyster in the north.

"There are four municipalities, nine electoral areas, nine First Nations and Métis, local and regional government organizations with a population of approximately 81,000 people," Our Cowichan's website states.

In addition to the survey, the project includes compiling and analyzing information from Stats Canada, local health areas, Early Development Instrument, School Districts, CVRD, Social Planning Cowichan and a number of local organizations as well as community consultations and interviews.

All data collected from the survey will remain anonymous, therefore participants have been asked not to put their name or any other personal identification on the survey.

Participants under age 18 must check with parents or guardians before completing the survey.

To take part, click here.

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