Bexar County Well-Being Survey

UPDATE 10/4/2023

Thanks for your interest in the Bexar County Well-Being Survey, and an even bigger thanks if you responded! We’re still analyzing the data – more on that below – and we’ll post our overall results here just as soon as we can.

Some of you noted that the survey questions didn’t ask about everything that matters to well-being, and that a number of survey questions focused on race. Here’s why: we were funded to test several different methods of administering just two parts of a large and very long national survey. That survey is called the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and it’s done through a phone interview. In recent years, the BRFSS survey response rates have been very low, which makes it hard for communities and states to understand the health status of their residents.

Because of the low response rate issue, we were funded to test whether other methods would get a better response rate than phone interviews here in Bexar County. We distributed the survey through our own networks, social media, SMS text, and mail. Now we’re in the process of looking at the different response rates from each method. We’re also looking at the respondent characteristics to see how well each respondent group reflects the age, sex, race/ethnicity, and other characteristics of the Bexar County adult population overall. The lessons we learn will be passed on to the people involved in designing and running large national surveys.

The two BRFSS survey modules we tested are (1) Social Determinants of Health and (2) Reactions to Race. Again, these modules are part of a larger national survey, so we didn’t create the questions and didn’t have flexibility to change them. Since very little local data exists on things like social support, disability, and people’s experiences with health care, we believe the data we gathered through the survey will be very helpful to people who are working to improve health conditions here in Bexar County.

We’ll post results here as soon as we can. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us with any questions you have. Thank you again for your help!

Community Information Now (CI:Now), a San Antonio nonprofit, is gathering information to help us and our partners improve the well-being and health of Bexar County residents. The survey will be open during July 2023, and results will be summarized here in English and Spanish in September. You can subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be notified that results are available, and you can unsubscribe any time you want. Please use our contact form if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your support!

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Community Information Now (CI:Now), una organización sin ánimo de lucro con sede en San Antonio, está recopilando información para ayudarnos a nosotros y a nuestros socios a mejorar el bienestar y la salud de los residentes del condado de Bexar. La encuesta estará disponible durante julio 2023, y los resultados primarios se resumirán en einglés y español aquí para septiembre. Puede suscribirse a nuestro boletín mensual para recibir una notificación de que los resultados están disponibles, y puede cancelar la suscripción en cualquier momento. Por favor use nuestro formulario de contacto si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud. ¡Muchísimas gracias por su apoyo!