All of this data comes from HARC’s 2016 Coachella Valley Community Health Survey. This is the most recent data available; there will be new data coming out in 2020 from our 2019 survey. This page provides some detail on the methods, in case you need it. The next pages provide local data on Hispanic/Latinos in poverty, their work status, and whether they work part-time or full-time.
This data was conducted via a random-digit-dial telephone survey in 2016. The survey instruments were modeled after the well-respected Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) and adapted to meet the needs of local community stakeholders.
HARC contracted with the Kent State University Survey Research Lab to conduct the 2016 survey. Data were collected by telephone survey with randomly selected adults, or randomly selected children by proxy interview with an adult determined to be the most knowledgeable about the selected child. Surveys were restricted to private residences (such as apartments, houses, or mobile homes) within the geographic area of Coachella Valley with landlines and/or cell phones. As such, this survey does not include people who are homeless, those who live in group home settings (such as nursing homes, group homes, etc.), or those who do not have a landline or a cell phone (which is an estimated 3% of the population, according to the National Health Interview Survey’s 2016 figures).
Data collection began in February and concluded in October. Data collection included 2,532 fully completed surveys: 2,022 in the adult sample and 510 in the child sample. Results show that nearly 60% of the 2016 completed surveys were conducted on a cell phone. Approximately 21% of the completed surveys were done in Spanish.
Once data collection was complete, statisticians weighted the sample data to most accurately represent the entire population living in the Coachella Valley. The post-stratification weighting used the CDC ranking protocol (CDC 2011). The data was weighted based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey’s five-year estimates (2009 to 2014) for the incorporated cities and unincorporated census-designated places in the Coachella Valley. The weights were raked to age, sex, race, and ethnicity. Weighting the data is essential to ensure that the 2,532 survey respondents represent the 400,000+ people living in the Coachella Valley. As such, the weighted percent and population estimates presented in the report represent estimates that are weighted from the 2,500+ respondents to the 400,000+ residents of the region.