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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.

Baseline Assessment of Health Needs in the Community

Baseline Assessment of Health Needs in the Community – Student Version



Findings of Community Assessments, Interviews and Focus Groups – Year 1

Community Partners Outreach Survey/Personal Interviews

Baseline Assessment Focus Groups

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.

Re-Assessment of Health Needs Report 2020

Summary of Findings

Year-End Reports

June 2019 - July 2020 End of Year Report

June 2021 - July 2022 End of Year Report

Community Assessments

Opioid Overdose Prevention Plan

Community Wellness Survey

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.

Cooking Demo Assessments
Walk & Bike Audits

Complete Streets

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.

Complete Streets Public Workshop

October 12, 2016

Bristol HEZ Presentation

Grow Smart RI Presentation


Complete Streets Public Workshop

November 28, 2016

Grow Smart RI Presentation

Walk and Bike Audit Findings/Recommendations

Complete Streets

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.

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