Baseline Assessment of Health Needs in the Community
During the month of January 2016, the Bristol HEZ completed the Baseline Assessment of Health Needs in the Community through multiple platforms and across several targeted demographics. Click on each of the assessment platforms for a summary of findings, and in some cases the raw data.
Findings of Community Assessments, Interviews and Focus Groups – Year 1
Re-Assessment of Health Needs in the Community
In March of 2020, the Bristol HEZ completed the Re-Assessment of Health Needs in the Community. The re-assessment was kicked off at a Spaghetti Dinner at Franklin Ct. Independent Living Community Room and the plan was to offer the re-assessment over multiple platforms and across various demographics, but due to the Covid Pandemic, we were only able to offer the re-assessment at this venue.
Community Wellness Survey
In January 2019, the Bristol HEZ partnered with the Matthew Patton Foundation and the Rhode Island Department of Health to complete a wellness survey of residents. The survey provided insights into needs identified by Bristol residents that will inform the work we do to serve our community and improve the health and wellness of residents.
Cooking Demonstration Assessments
In the Spring of 2019 we conducted a survey on the efficacy of the cooking demonstrations, in conjunction with Professor Erin Tooley's Food Psychology class at Roger Williams University (a Bristol HEZ primary partner. Our goal was to objectively evaluate the cooking demonstrations looking at the following potential outcomes:
Increase in healthy eating
Increase in positive attitude regarding cooking
Increase in cooking confidence
Increase in willingness to try new foods
Increase in knowledge about healthy foods
Decrease in social isolation
The survey data showed statistically significant positive changes in the frequency of fried potato consumption, use of nutrition facts, improved feelings of social connectedness, attitudes towards the amount of time healthful cooking takes, and confidence in cooking. Participants generally agreed that they learned new skills at the cooking demonstration and that they would use what they learned about healthy cooking at home.
On Monday, November 28, 2016, we held a follow-up ‘Bristol’s Walk and Bike Audits Meet Complete Streets’ Public Workshop. Again, in partnership with Grow Smart RI, and the addition of Roger Williams University students, the Workshop presented the findings of the Walk and Bike Audits conducted in October, offered a range of recommendations for pedestrian and bicycle improvements, and provided the community with an opportunity to weigh-in on the findings and recommendations. Mark Felag, P.E. and Managing Engineer, Division of Planning - Rhode Island Department of Transportation was also on-hand to speak to the components of the Transportation Improvement Program and field questions from the audience.
Walk & Bike Audits
Findings of Community Walk and Bike Audits - Year 2
During the month of October 2016, the Bristol HEZ completed Walk and Bike Audits of the community which evaluated various sidewalk/bicycle networks, intersections, pedestrian/bicyclist experience and pedestrian/bicyclist safety. Prior to the actual Audits, the Bristol HEZ conducted Walk and Bike Pre-Audit Surveys of residents to inform the development of the Audits and to identify the routes evaluated. Click on each of the links below for specific information related to each Audit.
Please note that the summary rankings and anecdotal comments are based on the views and experiences of the participants, not the Town.