Event Title

Assessing Needs and Assets of Adults in a Former Slave Community: The First Step to Addressing Health Disparities

Location

Georgia Southern University- Williams Center

Faculty Mentors

Dr. Moya L. Alfonso

Course Name

Fall 2016: Community Health Analysis and Spring 2017: Rural Health Issues

Session Type

Graduate Poster Presentation

Presentation Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

Start Date

18-4-2018 12:00 AM

End Date

18-4-2018 12:00 AM

Description

The Willow Hill Heritage and Renaissance serves a historically African American community located in Portal, GA. The purpose of the service learning project involving multiple graduate classes was to identify the needs and assets of African American adults in a rural, underserved community in rural Georgia with the goal of more effectively utilizing the school. Results suggested three best features associated with the Willow Hill community included self-reported good to excellent health and routine doctor’s visits. Also, a significant proportion of respondents lacked access to dental care, self-reported zero physical activity, and lack of access to diabetes testing. Interview results suggested transportation, access, and cost to health care was limited. Efforts to address these issues are being made through grant writing focused on developing the school grounds into a park and remodeling part of the school into a comprehensive community health clinic. Student reflections will also be discussed.

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Assessing Needs and Assets of Adults in a Former Slave Community: The First Step to Addressing Health Disparities

Georgia Southern University- Williams Center

The Willow Hill Heritage and Renaissance serves a historically African American community located in Portal, GA. The purpose of the service learning project involving multiple graduate classes was to identify the needs and assets of African American adults in a rural, underserved community in rural Georgia with the goal of more effectively utilizing the school. Results suggested three best features associated with the Willow Hill community included self-reported good to excellent health and routine doctor’s visits. Also, a significant proportion of respondents lacked access to dental care, self-reported zero physical activity, and lack of access to diabetes testing. Interview results suggested transportation, access, and cost to health care was limited. Efforts to address these issues are being made through grant writing focused on developing the school grounds into a park and remodeling part of the school into a comprehensive community health clinic. Student reflections will also be discussed.