Health Data Reports
A public health data report is a document that shares information about the health of a group of people. These reports can serve many purposes like providing information, supporting causes, creating policies, and assessing public health plans. Stakeholders and leaders in the community can use these reports to develop effective public health policies and programs.
Findings from the 2022 Washington County COVID-19 Impact Survey
In 2022, Washington County Public Health contracted with Wilder Research to conduct a survey. This survey aimed to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the health of people living in Washington County. The goal was to gather information to improve public health programs and services in the county. This fact sheet provides an overview of the survey findings about substance use and mental health.
About the survey process
The survey was conducted in April-June 2022 and was funded by the Washington County Public Health and Environment Department. The survey was conducted by mail with a web option. A total of 2,500 people were invited to participate and 562 completed the survey for a 23.2% response rate. Survey data were adjusted using statistical weighting procedures to ensure that the data are representative of all residents of Washington County. In these reports, Ns are unweighted and percentages are weighted.
In the following reports, when a difference in responses across demographic subgroups is described, it is because there is a difference of 10 percentage points or more. These differences have not been tested for statistical significance but may have practical significance for informing public health efforts.
It is important to be aware of the limitations of the data. When looking at differences between White respondents and respondents of color, keep in mind that survey respondents of color were younger (age 18-54), on average. Differences between these demographic groups could be attributed to differences in the age of respondents and the health issues associated with aging, rather than being attributed to differences caused by race. We acknowledge that systematic racism and structural factors contribute to the differences we observe across demographic subgroups throughout this report.