Fairmont State Community Health Program to Assess Needs of Local Community

Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Through a partnership with the Harrison-Doddridge County United Way, students enrolled in the Community Health Program at Fairmont State University are assessing the health and safety needs of Doddridge County citizens. 

Students will use government data, electronic surveys and interviews with key stakeholders to better understand the most pressing needs in the community. Results of the needs assessment projects will be used by the students and the United Way to develop health and safety programs that will be presented to the community later this year. 

“This partnership is another example of what sets Fairmont State apart,” said Mirta M. Martin, Fairmont State University President. “Our partnerships benefit everyone involved. Our students get vital, real-world experiential learning opportunities, and the region benefits from the results of their research. Initiatives like this strengthen our academic programs and support our commitment to our community.” 

Anyone who lives, works, attends school or volunteers in Doddridge County and is at least 18 years old can participate in the survey. Survey topics include: 

  • Nutrition 
  • Financial Health 
  • Mental Health 
  • Homelessness 
  • Internet Access/Connectivity 
  • Healthcare Access 
  • Physical Activity 
  • Childhood Obesity 
  • Transportation Access 
  • Chronic Disease & Disability 
  • Intimate Partner Violence 
  • Grandparents raising grandchildren 
  • Addiction & Substance Abuse 

The survey can be completed at https://is.gd/doddridgewv. If you have questions or would like a paper version of the survey, please contact Dr. Janie Leary at 304-333-3630 or jleary2@fairmontstate.edu. For more information on the Community Health program, visit www.fairmontstate.edu/communityhealth.