The Forces of Change Assessment aimed to answer the question, "What is occurring or might occur that affects the health of our community or the local public health system?" and "What threats or opportunities can be generated by these occurrences?"
The Evanston Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the Evanston Health Advisory Council, hosted a large meeting with 78 public health officials and community leaders on May 21st, 2015 to undergo this assessment. Participants were asked "What trends, factors, or events do you perceive will occur in the next five years that will affect the community's health?" Participants were specifically asked to respond to the question in context of social, economic, and political forces of change. Attendees listed their ideas on post-it notes, and then discussed the threats and opportunities of the most popular themes identified. Topics discussed included how service organizations will deal with potential state funding cuts, the importance of improving civic engagement within the community, and improving affordable housing policies in Evanston. Below are pictures from the May 21st assessment:
Top: Health & Human Services Director Evonda Thomas-Smith opening the Forces of Change Assessment
Bottom: Health & Human Services Assistant Director Carl Caneva introducing the MAPP process to attendees
A summary of the process used and the results collected can be found here: FOC Summary
A more detailed summary of all of the responses collected by participants on post-it notes can be found here: FOC Detailed Responses
A list of the organizations who participated this assessment can be found here: FOC Organization Attendees
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