Information for Survey Participants

The following surveys are conducted on a regular basis by the Health Department. Your participation in these surveys is appreciated, as they help us understand and improve the health of New Yorkers.

If you are participating in one of these surveys, you can find more information about the survey and your rights below.

Health Department Surveys

Community Health Survey

The NYC Community Health Survey is a survey of randomly selected adult New Yorkers. The survey helps the Health Department:

  • Track the health of New Yorkers
  • Guide health program decisions
  • Understand the relationship between behaviors and health status
  • Support health policy positions

The survey provides health estimates on a broad range of chronic diseases and behavioral risk factors. Households are randomly selected from a list of all residential addresses in NYC.

By completing the survey, your household will be helping to represent your neighborhood, borough and NYC as a whole.

Answering the Survey

The survey should be completed by the adult (18 or older) in your household who will have the next birthday. This will help to ensure we have a diverse group of respondents.

If you completed the Community Health Survey in 2020, and agreed to take the survey again, we may contact you to complete the survey in 2021. Only people that agreed to be participate in the survey again will be contacted.

To answer the survey, log onto the website using the directions in the letter you received. You may also complete the survey over the phone with a trained interviewer or by requesting a paper survey. To request a paper survey be mailed to you, or if you need help logging onto the website or would like to complete the survey over the phone, call 833-574-3096.

Please review the instructions in your invitation letter to ensure that the correct person in your household completes the survey.

Privacy and Rights

All information that you provide is confidential and will be handled in a secure manner. Your name and phone number will not be shared with the Health Department. However, if you agree to provide your address or cross streets, the Health Department will have a point on a map that represents where you live. Your information will be grouped with the information provided by other New Yorkers to provide a snapshot of the health of NYC adults.

A research firm called Abt Associates collects data for the health department. Abt Associates processes all mail from for this project out of its Cambridge, Massachusetts office.

To learn more about your rights as a study participant, call 347-396-6118.

Additional Resources

Healthy NYC

Healthy NYC is a group of New Yorkers who will complete health surveys periodically. Participants will be invited to complete as many as 10 surveys in a year.

The surveys are intended to help the Health Department better understand the health needs of New Yorkers. Participants' answers will help the Health Department design better policies and programs.

Invitations to join Healthy NYC were sent to households in which someone previously completed a Health Department survey and agreed to be contacted again for future research. Other addresses that received invitations were selected at random from a list of all New York City addresses.

All participant information is confidential. Research documents are kept on password-protected computers and accessed by a limited number of people. This project has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board, which is responsible for protecting the rights of study participants.

For more information about the survey, call 888-692-0023 or email HealthyNYC@health.nyc.gov.

NYC Resident Health Survey

The NYC Resident Health survey helps the NYC Department of Health understand and address the health care needs of adults and children throughout the five boroughs. Your answers help us learn of any existing problems and help us determine how to spend tax dollars on programs and services for our city's families with children.

We randomly selected residential addresses in NYC to participate in this survey. Your address was selected to represent your neighborhood, and you cannot be replaced.

Answering the Survey

The survey will ask questions about health and health practices and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on members of your household. If there is a child aged 1 to 13 in your household, the survey will also ask questions about this child. If you have more than one child, the survey will randomly select one child to be the subject of the survey. The survey should be completed by a parent or guardian who is knowledgeable about the health and development of the selected child.

To answer the survey, log onto the website using the directions in the letter you received. You may also complete the survey over the phone with a trained interviewer by calling 833-866-7945.

Privacy and Rights

You do not have to answer any question you do not wish to answer. All information you provide is confidential and will be handled in a secure manner. Your information will be grouped with survey responses from other households to provide a snapshot of the health of NYC children.

To learn more about your rights as a study participant, call 347-396-6118.

A research firm called Abt Associates collects data for the health department. Abt Associates processes all mail from for this project out of its Cambridge, Massachusetts office.

For questions about the survey, contact the survey manager at survey@health.nyc.gov

Services

The Health Department has many free and low-cost services for NYC children and families, including:

For more information and resources, visit Child Wellness.

Health Opinion Poll

The NYC Health Opinion Poll surveys 1,200 randomly selected adult New Yorkers to measure:

  • Awareness, acceptance and use (or barriers to use) of Health Department programs.
  • Knowledge, opinions and attitudes about health care.
  • Opinions about public events that are related to health.

Participants in the Healthy NYC project will be randomly invited to complete Health Opinion Poll surveys. Your responses in the poll will help the Health Department develop policies and programs that better meet the needs of all New Yorkers. Each poll is expected to take 10 minutes to complete.

All information that you provide is confidential and will be handled in a secure manner. You do not have to answer any question that you do not wish to answer.

If you have any questions about the survey content or how the data will be used, email nychop@health.nyc.gov.

NYC Serosurvey

Case counts do not tell us the true number of NYC residents who have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. COVID-19 serosurveys collect and test blood samples from a randomly chosen group of people to estimate the percent of people who have antibodies against the virus. Antibodies are a type of protein made by the body after an infection or after vaccination. If antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 are present in someone’s blood it is likely that they were infected with this virus at some point in the past, even if they did not have symptoms, or that they have been vaccinated against the virus.

Our bodies produce several types of antibodies. The tests used by the NYC Serosurvey look for two types of antibodies. They look for nucleocapsid antibodies, which our bodies make after we are exposed to a virus. They also look for spike protein antibodies, which are made after vaccination and after getting sick.

The NYC Serosurvey collects and tests blood samples from a random group of NYC residents who participated in the NYC Community Health Survey or Healthy NYC. Blood samples are tested for COVID-19 antibodies at the Wadsworth Center, the New York State Laboratory.

Information from the NYC Serosurvey is used to help understand how many people in NYC have antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19. Results are combined with responses from the COVID-19 Population Health Survey to determine if people who test positive for COVID-19 antibodies had COVID-19 symptoms, or if certain age groups, race groups or other groups of people, were more likely than others to be infected with the virus. This information helps the city plan the delivery of public health services to its residents, which is why your participation is so important.

NYC Serosurvey participants will be mailed a kit to be used to collect their blood samples. The kit we use is called the Mitra Blood Sample Self-Collection Kit. Only the person who took the Community Health Survey should collect a blood sample for the NYC Serosurvey.

Your results are confidential and will only be released to the team conducting this serosurvey, and city and state public health agencies. If you do not want to collect a blood sample, it will not affect any benefits you or your family get from any government agency.

Once you have collected your blood sample, return the sample to the lab using the pre-addressed, pre-paid envelope provided with your kit. If you lose your envelope, or have a problem with your kit, contact the study team using the information at the bottom of this webpage. You will receive a $30 gift card for collecting a blood sample and mailing it to the laboratory.

If you have questions about the NYC Serosurvey, visit the NYC COVID-19 Surveys website or contact the serosurvey team at NYCSerosurvey@health.nyc.gov or by phone at 347-396-4202.


Additional Resources

For more information about your rights as a survey participant, contact the Institutional Review Board online, by email at irbadmin@health.nyc.gov, or by calling 347-396-6118.