Results of Northwest Auburn health care needs survey to be shared in upcoming virtual community forum

Published: April 01, 2021

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Auburn social work students looking to help Northwest Auburn residents get their health care needs met will reveal the preliminary results of their recent community needs assessment survey and introduce some of the service providers affiliated with the Auburn University Health and Education Clinic located at the Boykin Community Center in an upcoming community forum.

The virtual forum takes place on Monday, April 12, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

College of Liberal Arts social work professor Felicia Tuggle and first year graduate students in the Master of Social Work, or MSW, program are leading these efforts.

In February 2020, social work professor Emily Myers and a group of students in the Bachelor of Social Work program. or BSW, started the assessment in response to feedback received from Northwest Auburn residents during the a community meeting for a solutions journalism project led by College of Liberal Arts journalism faculty Nan Fairley and Gheni Platenburg.

During the community meeting, residents expressed a strong interest in having their voices heard and sharing their preferences for the services to be offered at the Auburn University Health and Education Clinic. These services included screenings/testing, treatment and educational services.

Although the Covid-19 pandemic initially delayed data collection, MSW students enrolled in Tuggle’s spring 2021 social work practice with groups and communities course were able to continue gathering responses and determine their initial findings. The students will share their initial findings but are still collecting data, therefore the survey remains open.

Residents are encouraged to share their opinions through the survey link.

Submitted by: Felicia Tuggle