Frequently Asked Questions

What are the goals of the study?

Our goal is to build a comprehensive picture of the long-term effects of living at high altitude, and how lifestyle and health at high altitude differ from the low-altitude population. Initially, we will use questionnaire responses to summarize the health of Summit County residents and compare the summary statistics to those from national surveys. In later stages, we will identify differences between high- and low-altitude populations, and work with selected participants to learn more about altitude-specific results in detail. If you are willing to be contacted for follow-up questions, see the answer to “How will the Healthy Summit project contact me?”

How will the Healthy Summit project contact me?

To protect privacy, we are not collecting personal contact information with the questionnaire at this time. However, we would like to follow up with selected participants at a later date. If you’re willing to be contacted, we will be happy to include you in the follow-up group. To be included, please send an e-mail to [email protected] with your name, date of birth, ZIP code, and the date you completed the survey, so we can match you to your questionnaire response.

What information will I need to provide?

You only need to fill out our online questionnaire. The questions cover your background (such as your marital status, ethnic background, and education) and health-related habits such as smoking and alcohol use, sun exposure, and feelings of stress in the last month. They also cover your medical history and your family’s health history.

If you are willing to be contacted for follow-up questions, see “How will the Healthy Summit project contact me?”

How will the information I provide be used?

The information you provide will be used to analyze what kind of long-term effects living at high altitude can have on the human body. All of the information you provide in this survey will be kept private and confidential, as is required by law. Your name does not go on this form, only an ID number does.

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Can people who live at high altitude outside Summit County participate?

At this time, only Summit County residents can participate in the study. However, if we extend the study to other high-altitude counties, we would be very happy to have your participation. Please send an e-mail to [email protected] to let us know of your interest.

Do I have to live in Summit County full-time to participate?

We ask that participants live in Summit County at least six months out of the year.

How do I participate in the study?

Click here to launch the study or click on “Apply for Study” button at the bottom of the main project page

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The survey could take as little as 10 minutes of your time.
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