Immigrant health survey underway in Simcoe

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The County of Simcoe is conducting an Immigrant Health Survey to collect information from foreign-born individuals to assist local health services with planning and future strategies.

Naturalized citizens, permanent residents, foreign workers, and international students are welcome to complete the anonymous survey to help local health organizations adapt to the region's growing diversity.

The survey will help to understand how foreign-born individuals are accessing and receiving healthcare in Simcoe County. It will also identify barriers faced by foreign-born individuals when accessing and receiving healthcare services in the County.

This includes examining how health care experiences may have been affected by COVID-19.

The Local Immigration Partnership is collaborating with a steering committee, including the Simcoe Muskoka District Health District, Barrie Community Health Centre, Simcoe Muskoka YMCA Immigrant Services, the Lakehead University International Department, the Georgian College International Department, and Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County.

Following the collection and analysis of date, the County will publish a final report. The final report will be submitted to Immigrant, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada.

The survey is available on-line and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

The information collected will be anonymous and will be used only for the purposes of planning for programs and service delivery.

Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times