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Health Authorities Seek 2,600 South Asian Voices

SURREY – Time is running out to hear the voices of 2,600 South Asians across the Fraser Health (FH) and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) regions, as the deadline approaches for the My Health My Community survey to capture residents’ health statistics. So far,  1,500 people, identifying themselves as South Asian, have completed the online health and wellness survey. This is about 41% of the goal for South Asian respondents, which would give us an accurate representation of the community. We still need to 2,600 South Asians to complete the survey.

People of South Asian descent are at greater risk of developing heart disease and stroke – and at a much earlier age – compared with other ethnic groups, contributing to this is the greater chance of high blood pressure and diabetes. Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Fraser Health (FH) want you to keep healthy, and one way to do this is to ensure you have the health care and community services you need.

VCH, FH and UBC’s eHealth Strategy Office are conducting an unprecedented survey called My Health My Community, to learn about the health and well-being of its residents, so that they can plan future programs and services that are more relevant to its residents’ needs. The survey aims to get between 2-4% of the population of the regions. It’s critical to hear from a diverse group of people to ensure everyone is heard and represented.

To get a general overview of the survey watch a one minute video with Punjabi subtitles. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cCX6G8bsUYM&feature=youtu.be

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