Generally, the HCS includes approximately 100 questions that provide information to support Healthy Chicago 2.0 and other CDPH policies and programs. Questions that are asked every year cover the following topics: general health status and mental health, access to health and mental health care services, diet and food insecurity, physical activity, tobacco use, alcohol consumption, cancer screening and chronic conditions. Each year, the questionnaire also includes questions on a variety of additional topics, such as: active transportation, distracted driving, emergency preparedness, experiences of discrimination, financial security, neighborhood safety, prescription opiate misuse, sexual behavior and social cohesion.
The HCS is a cross-sectional telephone survey with an annual sample of approximately 2,500 randomly selected adults aged 18 and older living in the city of Chicago. Interviews are conducted in English and Spanish. All data collected are self-reported.