Activities Included in the Health Interview Survey
and Health Assistance for Namie Evacuees
Follow-up Health Interview Activities
The Follow-up Health Interview Activities is a health survey conducted at the request of the Namie Municipality. Targeting the Namie evacuees living in Iwaki City, the aim of the interviews was to try and grasp the health status of the Namie citizens, by practicing the approach of “lending an ear” to their story.
The method of the survey was to telephone first to the target households to inform them that the staff would like to visit them in their home to conduct an interview, and if they agreed, the visit was made. Some people replied they needed no survey as there was no problem with their health, or for other concerns.
Please refer to the links below for summary of the health interview survey.
The First Term [PDF] :
October 2012 — September 2013
The Second Term [PDF] :
October 2013 — September 2014
The Third Term [PDF] :
October 2014 — September 2015
The Fourth Term [PDF] :
October 2015 — September 2016
The Fifth Term [PDF] :
October 2016 — March 2017
The survey was carried out according to the health survey questionnaire/health counseling questionnaire prepared by the Soso Public Health and Welfare Office of the Fukushima Prefectural Government and the Namie municipality. The results were analyzed based on the criteria established by the public health center of Fukushima Prefecture, to sort out the cases requiring support or follow-up. The information was shared at the Namie Municipality/JRCS Liaison Meeting (joined by the Iwaki branch of the Soso Public Health and Welfare Office of the Fukushima Prefectural Government and the Fukushima Center for Disaster Mental Health, from the summer of 2014 onwards) to enhance the follow-up system for people in need of continual support.
Nurses and public health nurses belonging to the Japanese Red Cross hospitals across Japan participated in the survey by a relaying method, not only to grasp the actual health status of the Namie evacuees, but to provide health counseling and psychological care to the people living in an unfamiliar place. The Japanese Red Cross Society’s website carries the remarks about the health survey made by the nurses who participated in the project.
These comments have also been featured altogether in a timeline.
While visiting the evacuees, the healthcare staff found that the people were hoping to have a learning lounge so that they could assemble for community activities. This led to the launch of a program which they termed as “Salon” in 2013, held at the “JRCS Public Health Room for Namie”. Based on the survey data pertaining to health and needs for assistance, “Moms’ Salon”, “Health Exercise Salon”, “Handicraft Salon”, and “Sutra Copying Salon” were organized at the venue.
Moms’ Salon Activities
Mothers who were in displacement with preschool children had suffered difficulties in finding friends or obtaining advice on parenting. Therefore, from November 2013 onwards, the Salon activities for mothers and children were organized approximately twice a month. Please refer to here [PDF] for examples of the Moms’ Salon activities.
Salon Activities of Health Exercise/Handicraft/Sutra Copying
These programs were initiated because results of the Follow-up Health Interviews showed that a good part of the Namie evacuees wished to do workouts, make handicrafts, or learn something that they could do at home. Men and women, and people from various generations participated in these activities for interaction. Please refer to here [PDF] for examples of these Salon activities.