Community Assessment: Interviews, Transcribing & More
The Englewood Health Department has been diligently working to combat COVID-19. Since March, our focus was contact tracing but now that the number of new COVID-19 cases have steadily declined, we were able to begin Stage 1 of our Community Needs Assessment. So far, we conducted 15 phone interviews with community leaders; city council members, non-profit organizations, and other community affiliates who represent the Englewood population. The interviewees have addressed topics such as, health status, vulnerable populations, health disparities, food insecurity, and safe green space. Interviewees were asked to provide hypothetical solutions to issues they thought were most important, which has been interesting to hear. Although, we have struggled with commitment from some individuals we our well on our way to reach our goal of 30 interviews. So far, many participants share similar concerns surrounding their desire to see more mental health programming, more readily available and comprehensive health education for all residents, food insecurity and an increase in access to health services in Englewood. This information will help guide us to choose our focus of Stage 2- focus groups. The last stage of the survey, Stage 3, will be completed by residents. We will conclude the key-informant interview segment in July and move on to conducting focus groups via Zoom within the next month or so.
About the Grantee
The mission of the Englewood Health Department is to protect and enhance the health of the people in Englewood. The Department accomplishes this mission by creating viable partnerships with organizations in the community and individuals, promoting healthy lifestyles and responding to critical health issues and disasters.