Adam Spencer, The Triplicate

Don't be so quick to throw away that thick envelope from Humboldt State University when it shows up in the mail, as the 20-minute survey could be crucial for "understanding and improving health and wellness in Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands," the survey says.

Coming to a mailbox near you is a Community Health and Wellness Survey, conducted by HSU's California Center for Rural Policy and funded by the California Endowment as part of the Building Healthy Communities Initiative.

Participation in the anonymous survey also offers the chance to enter a raffle for up to $250 and other cash prizes. The survey results, expected to be released this fall, will be used by local communities, planners and policy makers to improve the overall health of the region.

"If we are to make policy decisions that will lead us to healthier individuals, families and communities, your participation in this process is essential," Clarke Moore, chairman of the Del Norte County Health Care District, wrote in a letter to the editor.

"Thoughtful, accurate answers are needed for us to make meaningful decisions that will lead you, your family, and the community around you toward a healthier tomorrow."

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