221551 Perceived Community Resource Availability Among Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 5:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Eugene Brusilovskiy, MS , Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Mark Salzer, PhD , Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Integrating individuals with psychiatric disabilities (PD) in the community has long been a goal of mental health policymakers. One of the key determinants of community integration is greater participation in community organizations, and utilization of community amenities. In this study, we present a measure of Perceived Community Resource Availability developed at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Community Participation at the University of Pennsylvania. For a set of 47 community resource types, ranging from recreational facilities to cultural organizations to personal services, the measure asks respondents to indicate whether they have the resource within walking distance of their homes, the importance of having that resource within walking distance, and, depending on whether or not they have the resource near their homes, how often they use/would use it. The measure was administered to 240 individuals with PD residing in Philadelphia. In addition to presenting descriptive results, we will identify the ten different resource/amenity types deemed as most important to individuals with PD. We will use a variety of public and private databases to obtain all the resource locations in Philadelphia for each of the top ten resource types. The kernel density tool in the ArcGIS software will be employed to create a resource availability index map of the city; that is, for every location in Philadelphia, the density (availability) of the most important resources will be determined. We will compare this resource availability map to the distribution of Philadelphia residents with PD and discuss the implications of these findings.

Learning Areas:
Environmental health sciences
Program planning
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify whether individuals with psychiatric disabilities (PD) residing in Philadelphia live in neighborhoods with certain types of community resources/amenities. 2. Name the ten types of community resources which are deemed as most important by persons with PD. 3. Create a map of Philadelphia demonstrating the availability of these most important resources throughout the city and compare the map to the distribution of individuals with mental illnesses in the city.

Keywords: Access and Services, Psychiatric Epidemiology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked extensively in the fields of mental health services and geography.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.