Community Needs Analysis Surveys
The overarching goal of the Prevention Research Center (PRC) COVID-19 Needs Assessment Survey was to provide data to City of Clarkston stakeholders and other community-based organizations serving the Clarkston community to inform how they prioritize and allocate resources. This was accomplished by administering a web-based survey available in 9 languages (English, Swahili, Nepali, Arabic, Dari, Karen, Hindi, Somali, Burmese, and Amharic) using convenience sampling and participant-referral. The survey included questions about participants’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the pandemic has impacted their and their family’s work, schooling, housing, access to food, and access to healthcare as well as questions related to participants’ knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Results were disseminated to the City of Clarkston stakeholders as well as published in academic journals. See the final report here.
A second Clarkston Community Needs Assessment Survey was administered in the Summer of 2023 in 8 languages (English, Swahili, Arabic, Dari, Burmese, Amharic, Somali, Spanish). The survey included questions about social cohesion/social capital, experience with violence, food and housing insecurity, access to healthcare, and health status (including questions specifically focused on diabetes, chronic pain, mental health, substance use/abuse); see the full survey instrument here. Access the final report here. For more information, contact Ashli Owen Smith.
Women’s Health Preventive Health
Preventive maternal and reproductive health care among refugee and immigrant women is suboptimal resulting in health disparities. To address community requests for more preventive health for women by female providers, female GSU Nurse Practitioner students are providing preventive care at Grace Village Clinic to female patients. Services are free of charge and include labs, STD screenings, and referrals for specialty care. An evaluation of the Women’s Health Project provided actionable data for clinicians to understand barriers to care for women in the community. This report can be found here. For more information, contact Mary Helen O'Connor.
Social Network Analysis
The aim of this project is to understand how the community communicates among vastly different language and cultural groups so that future health interventions and communication can be more effectively disseminated. We began with the Community Advisory Board. Our goal is to understand the most efficacious peer-delivery network to disseminate our applied research findings. Furthermore, we hope to learn who is working together and how information is collected or shared. This project is ongoing and findings will be shared once available. For more information, contact Mary Helen O’Connor.