Jesse Tree and UTMB Outreach conducting Bolivar needs assessment

On Sunday, February 26th, the Bolivar Branch Advisory Council of the Jesse Tree in collaboration with Cassandra Arceneaux, MD of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston’s (UTMB) Department of Family Medicine held a public meeting to discuss plans for a needs assessment for the Bolivar Peninsula. Approximately 40 people attended the meeting held at the Crenshaw School Cafeteria. The needs assessment is planned for the end of March. The needs assessment will ask Peninsula residents to identify needs, wishes and hopes with a special focus on prevention, wellness and access to healthcare.

Ted Hanley, Executive Director of The Jesse Tree and Dr. Cassandra Arceneaux of UTMB presenting plans for the Bolivar needs assessment.

On Saturday, March 24th, at 8 a.m., volunteers will gather at Crenshaw School for one hour of training on how to assist with the needs assessment. Teams will already have been formed and packets will be provided to those willing to perform the needs assessment. Decisions will be made as to how to handle those who are not at home or unable to participate on the given date (similar to absentee voting). Teams will be dispatched at 9 a.m. and will proceed with the door-to-door needs assessment. Teams will return to hand in completed needs assessments by 4 p.m. Data management will be completed by volunteers. A meeting to review the needs assessment will be scheduled for the month of April.

Volunteers wanted. Anywone willing to assist in the needs assessment is asked to email [email protected] to sign up.

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