Somerville: Three Surveys Currently Accepting Responses on COVID-19 Impacts and Data Sharing

The City of Somerville is asking residents to complete three
surveys to gather community input on the impacts COVID-19 has had on their lives and what data they would like to see shared on the City’s Data Farm portal.

Each survey has a unique focus, and we hope to collect as many responses as possible.

Somerville COVID-19 Impact Survey for Persons with Disabilities and Caregivers
The City of Somerville’s Health and Human Services (HHS) Department
wants to understand the impact of COVID-19 on persons with disabilities (PWD) and family members/caregivers of PWD who live or work in Somerville.

The Somerville
PWD COVID-19 Impact Survey asks 20 questions about how the pandemic has impacted your ability to access basic needs like
groceries and medical care, ongoing challenges, and accessible transportation and parking. Responses will be reviewed by the City’s HHS Department to evaluate access to City services in response to the pandemic and plan for future waves of COVID-19.

The survey is open to anyone who lives or works in Somerville
and identifies as a person with a disability or caregiver. For the purpose of the survey, we are defining disability as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity” (per the Americans with Disabilities Act). You
do not need to qualify for federal disability benefits to complete this survey. Please take the
Somerville
PWD COVID-19 Impact Survey before
November 13.
If you have any questions about the City PWD survey, please email Nency Salamoun at nsalamoun@somervillema.gov.

Somerville Community Data Survey
The City of Somerville’s
Data Farm website
shares data that we can all use in our work to keep Somerville a great place to live, work, and play. SomerStat, the Mayor’s Office of Innovation and Analytics, is seeking your input on what data you would like to be made available on the Data Farm’s dashboard
and the ways you would like to have that data communicated.

Please take the Somerville
Community Data Survey before
November 13 to
let us know what local information you want to see on the City’s Data Dashboard. We hope to gather responses from anyone who lives, works, or plays in Somerville, including both those who have used the dashboard and who have not yet.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health COVID-19 Impact Survey
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA-DPH) is trying
to better help people through the COVID-19 crisis by hearing about their experiences and challenges right now. By taking the state’s
COVID-19 Community Impact Survey,
you will help MA-DPH address the most critical needs, partner with communities to support local efforts, and inform state policy with accurate information on what people need now and in the long term.

This survey is open to Massachusetts residents age 14 and older
and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. Currently, the survey is available in six of the most common languages spoken in the state: English, Chinese (standard and traditional), Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and Vietnamese.
Please take the
MA-DPH COVID-19
Community Impact Survey by
October 30.
If you have any questions about the MA-DPH survey, please email covid19survey@mass.gov.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary
aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact
Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or NSalamoun@somervillema.gov.

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