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A Needs Assessment to Develop Community Partnerships: Initial Steps Working with a Major Agricultural Community
American Journal of Health Education (2011)
  • Ashley D Walker, Georgia Southern University
  • Jill Bezyak, University of Northern Colorado
  • Elizabeth Gilbert, University of Northern Colorado
  • April Trice, University of Northern Colorado
Abstract
Background: Healthy People 2010 identified community partnership as one of the most effective strategies in eliminating health disparities and considered it a critical element in improving an individual's quality of life. To be effective at engaging communities in partnerships, an initial community based needs assessment is recommended. Purpose: The purpose of this project was to use a community assessment to establish if there is a need for community partnerships in a rural Northern Colorado county. Methods: A mixed-methods design using an online survey and focus groups was used to collect data. Results: The analysis of the online survey indicated strong support for community partnerships and analysis of focus group transcriptions found both barriers and solutions to human service delivery. Discussion: Survey responses indicated a perception of support, involvement, and interest in community partnerships; however, focus groups revealed that although some partnerships do exist, significant improvement is needed to better serve disparate populations. Translation to Health Education. Practice: Future health educators must be equipped with the strategies to effectively address disparate populations and incorporate community partnerships within their agencies once they graduate and enter into employment.
Keywords
  • Community health,
  • Colorado,
  • Rural
Publication Date
2011
Citation Information
Ashley D Walker, Jill Bezyak, Elizabeth Gilbert and April Trice. "A Needs Assessment to Develop Community Partnerships: Initial Steps Working with a Major Agricultural Community" American Journal of Health Education Vol. 42 Iss. 5 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ashley_walker/9/