Community Needs Assessment

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Spotlight on Southside

Southside Wellness Coalition commissioned a community needs assessment in the spring of 2020 to help identify substance use and prevention needs in the counties of Brunswick, Halifax, and Mecklenburg.

Research for the study was conducted by Dr. Sophie Wenzel, Associate Director of Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Health Practice and Research. Dr. Wenzel conducts community-engaged research throughout Southwest and Southside Virginia and beyond, with a focus on rural and health-disparate populations.

The goal of this effort is to help the coalition prioritize needs in the community as well as existing and needed resources that can be leveraged to reduce and prevent substance misuse in Southside.

Dr. Wenzel also gathered information about the welfare of children in Southside, focusing specifically on the areas of kinship care and foster care.

Dr. Wenzel presented her findings at the Southside Wellness Coalition meeting in November 2020. We invite you to watch her presentation. We would be grateful if you would answer a couple of quick questions to let us know your thoughts.

To take a deeper dive into the data, you may download it for free. You'll find it right under the video.

Keep an eye on our blog and social media channels for more about the study. As we learn new things and identify next steps, we'll share those with you.

Thanks for watching! We would love to get your feedback.

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Sample Findings

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