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Lack of diversity stymies Niagara County online health survey

LOCKPORT – More than 1,000 people have taken the Niagara County Health Department’s online Community Health Assessment survey, but Public Health Director Daniel J. Stapleton said last week that the respondents aren’t diverse enough to get a true picture of the state of the county’s health.

Stapleton told the Board of Health that those who have taken the survey are “predominantly” white women, ages 50 to 64, with an income of more than $75,000 a year. “We know that’s not representative of our community,” he said.

Although the online survey has been taken down, it’s accessible through the Health Department page at Stapleton said 900 printed copies have been distributed to Tops pharmacies in the county and will be accepted later. Also, a pastor in an African-American church in Niagara Falls promoted the survey to his congregation Sunday, Stapleton said.