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Webinar: How to Assess Need in Rural Communities

Lisa Davenport

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Community Health Needs Assessments in Rural Communities using Principles of Community Based Participatory Research
Webinar Date: June 9, 2015, 1:00 PM (EDT)


This FREE webinar will inform participants about a novel approach to conducting community health needs assessments in rural communities. A five-part mixed methods study design will be presented along with information on how to access the instruments used in the initial study. Participant recruitment, community engagement and using your findings to obtain external funding will be addressed in this webinar.

Dr. Catherine Woodyard received her Master’s degree in Health Promotion from the University of Mississippi in 2009, as well as her doctorate in Health and Kinesiology with an emphasis in health behavior and promotion in 2013. Catherine conducted a comprehensive health needs assessment in Tallahatchie County as her dissertation project. Using the results of the assessment and based on identified needs, she subsequently wrote a grant for the construction of a health and wellness education facility for the community. TGH was successfully awarded over three million dollars for the facility. TGH was also recently awarded a HRSA grant for the Rural Healthcare Outreach Services Program that was written based on the identified needs. She currently serves as the executive director of the Tallahatchie Wellness Center and will serve as the project director for Tallahatchie Wellness. She has worked on numerous research projects, written several grants and has over seven years of teaching experience in both college and community settings.