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SHAPE surveys

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The SHAPE survey is done  every four years by Hennepin County Public Health administers. It is to help us understand the most vital health needs of our increasingly diverse community.

The SHAPE 2022 survey will ask a randomly selected group of residents about their health, diet, exercise, neighborhood, and ability to get health care. For the first time, the survey will also ask residents how they have been impacted by COVID-19. This is especially helpful as we work to understand how the pandemic affected us all.

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How we use the survey results

SHAPE helps Hennepin County Public Health understand differences in health and identify health disparities. These results then inform programs initiated by the county and by community organizations that aim to improve community health and achieve health equity for all.

Local public health, human services, and nonprofit agencies have used information from past surveys to:

  • Encourage people to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Reduce tobacco use by children and adults
  • Expand access to healthy food
  • Increase opportunities for physical activity

Your participation is important

Participation in this project provides residents a unique opportunity to directly influence health policy and programs in Hennepin County. All responses are anonymous and confidential. Because only some residents are selected to participate, participation in the survey and responses are very important.

2014

Databooks

  • Adult Geographic Databook (PDF 8MB): results broken down by geographic region within Hennepin County and selected reporting categories
  • Adult Disparities Databook (PDF 8MB): results broken down by age, selected racial groups, educational attainment, household income, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability status, and frequent mental distress
  • Metro Databook (PDF 6MB): results of the adult survey for participating cities and counties, as well as breakdowns by gender, age, education, and poverty level
  • Child Databook (PDF 10MB): results of the child survey broken down by geographic regions within Hennepin County and selected reporting categories

Regional databooks

Project overview

Presentations 

Questionnaires

2010

Databooks

  • Adult Databook (PDF): results broken down by geographic region within Hennepin County and selected reporting categories
  • Child Databook (PDF): results of the child survey broken down by geographic regions within Hennepin County and selected reporting categories

Presentations

Questionnaires

Background documents

To access 1998-2006 SHAPE survey results, email shape@hennepin.us

The SHAPE public use data files are resources for public health researchers to do analyses with the SHAPE data, going beyond what is presented in the published reports, briefings, and fact sheets.

To access any of the SHAPE public use data files, complete the form below and submit it as directed.

You will get a reply within two weeks. If your use request is accepted, you will be asked to sign a data use agreement form before the data are released to you.

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