Online Program

LoWellness, Community Health Assessment Survey Partnership – A Community Organization and University Collaboration

Monday, November 2, 2015

Ranelle Brew, EdD, CHES, Department of Public Health, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI
An innovative collaboration between a community based project, LoWellness, a health assessment survey created for distribution in Lowell, Michigan and Grand Valley State University public health students.

Lowell is a small rural community about 20 miles east of Grand Rapids, Michigan with limited resources for health services and care. Community leaders sought to determine the health needs of their community through distribution of the LoWellness survey in hopes to increase services, access and overall health locally with the results in the future.  

The organization sought out the assistance of graduate students to work on the development of the survey, implementation, evaluation, and data analysis. A strong partnership and experiential learning experience for students was derived from this partnership.

This presentation will explain the survey development process, while highlighting the need, desirability, barriers, and challenges of a community organization and university partnership. Disseminating the outcomes of the survey will provide a platform for discussion and future steps for development of programs and services to meet the demand of disparities in the Lowell community.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe the community organization LoWellness, and its partnership with university public health students Assess the need, desirability, barriers, and challenges of the creation of a small community health assessment Identify the success of the survey and future steps for health change at the community level in collaboration with public health students

Keyword(s): Community Health Assessment, Partnerships

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the co-principal of research collection for this project in partnership with LoWellness and the Grand Valley State University Master of Public Health students and program.
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.