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Community Health Score

Project ID: 602
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Year Project Began:
Year of Latest Report:
Last Update: 08/18/17
Project LocationKent County, Michigan
CountryUnited States
Lead OrganizationGrand Valley State University
Type of OrganizationEducational Organization

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Geographic Scope (The level of geography at which the indicator data is collected):
Neighborhood, Other

Issue Areas:
Equity, Health, Poverty


Project Description

In the fall 2012 semester, the students of Political Science 310—Health Policy at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), Allendale, Michigan, set out to think about the overall health of their community in Kent County. As a researcher and associate professor in the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration, Stephen Borders, PhD, recognized the need to prepare students upon graduation for complex challenges like a community assessment. Borders therefore redesigned this upper-level course to focus on the application of problem solving by guiding students in the creation of knowledge and skills. These changes culminated in the creation of Community Health Score (www.communityhealthscore.org)—a collaborative student effort that analyzes and ranks the health status of each of Kent County’s 128 census tracts.

What framework does this project use if any?

Awards and Recognitions: The work was featured in ESRI Newsletter - http://www.esri.com/library/reprints/pdfs/health-and-human-fresh-look-at-community.pdf


Community Indicators – Performance Measures Integration

Does this project have Community Indicators?: Yes
Yes - access to prenatal care, social determinants of health

Does this project have Performance Measures?: No

Has this project integrated Community Indicators and Performance Measures?: No

Contact Information

Stephen Borders
Grand Valley State University
School of Public and Nonprofit Administration
401 West Fulton St
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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