As Healthier Jupiter’s Outreach Coordinator, I focus on bringing awareness of Healthier Jupiter and health resources to the entire Jupiter community. This past Sunday, I provided outreach at the Jupiter Farmers Market, which brings fresh fruits and vegetables, specialty foods, and handmade crafts to the Jupiter community every Sunday from 9am to 1pm. With the support of two Steering Committee Members, Siobhan Gross, RN, BSN, CDE and Barbara Allen, we created awareness of Healthier Jupiter and had Farmers Market attendees complete our 2017 Community Survey.
Our Community Survey focuses on individual and community health in Jupiter asking questions about diabetes, healthy eating, physical fitness, medical care, and walkability/bikeability in Jupiter. The survey gives the community the opportunity to give their perspective on health in Jupiter, providing Healthier Jupiter with information on how to support the community on their way to better health. At the market this past weekend, we extended engagement about healthy living by implementing a dot survey (check out the pictures below!). We chose three questions to highlight from our Community Survey:
- Do you eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day during a normal week?
- Which of the following sources of fresh fruits and vegetables are used regularly by your family?
- Considering factors such as safety, distance to your destination, and road conditions, how pleasant and inviting is it to walk or bike in our community?
By giving a visual representation of individuals’ answers on the Community Survey people were able to interact with the data results and see how other community members were answering these questions.
The idea of complementing the Community Survey with a Dot survey at the Farmers Market came from the information I learned at the Tamarack Institute’s Collective Impact conference in early March. The conference, titled “The Next Generation of Community Engagement” focused on the importance of community engagement within the collective impact model that brings different sectors of the community to solve complex social problems. As I learned, engagement really involves informing, involving, and consulting the community directly to create lasting and equitable change in the community.
Applying this information to Healthier Jupiter, the Community Survey serves as a critical tool for involving and consulting the community to gain critical feedback around individual and community health needs. Then the Dot Survey allows for dialogue and greater conversation about healthy living in Jupiter, which was shared with myself, Siobhan, Barbara and all of the Farmers Market attendees. Ultimately, thanks to this engagement tool and the support of Siobhan and Barbara, we were able to complete X surveys and engage the community further on healthy living.
Check out the pictures below!