Understanding place in the realm of community health: Wichita's Northeast Community
Assaf, Amanda. 2016. Understanding place in the realm of community health: Wichita's Northeast Community. --In Proceedings: 12th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 19
Place is an important factor in shaping the health of a population. To identify the potential reasons for health disparities in a particular population, one must recognize the web of social and historical relationships in which a community is embedded that shapes current community health outcomes. This paper reports on research that illuminates the felt needs of a community adjacent to Wichita State University, in Wichita, Kansas. In-depth interviews focused on health needs in the Northeast Community of Wichita were used to gain a deep understanding of health in this particular community. In addition, participant observation, surveys, and GIS mapping of demographics in the Central Northeast was utilized to gain a comprehensive understanding of needs. This study highlights the significance of analyzing historical, political, and social relationships of a community in conjunction with quantitative data, to understand public health outcomes.
Presented to the 12th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Heskett Center, Wichita State University, April 29, 2016.
Research completed at Department of Anthropology, Farimount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences