|Mccabe Sellers, Beverly|
Submitted to: International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/20/2005
Publication Date: 6/16/2005
Citation: Strickland, E., McCabe Sellers, B.J., Hyman, E., McGee, B., Prewitt, E., Bogle, M.L. 2005. Community resource assessment: building community capacity for nutrition intervention research [abstract]. Proceedings of International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. p. 160. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Purpose: To describe the methodological process used to access the availability and knowledge of nutrition resources in the rural delta communities. Methods: Three rural communities, one each in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, joined in a consortium with Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and ten university partners. Community-based nutrition programs and services were identified by the type and were available by sectors in each community. A General Organization Questionnaire and a Program Questionnaire were developed and used to solicit information on the availability of nutrition services in the communities they served. The Program Questionnaire was structured to obtain information on the type of nutrition programs and kinds of services provided in the community. Descriptions of kind and type of services were drawn from interviews. Results: One hundred and thirty-eight organizations and agencies were surveyed. Seventy-eight service providers were interviewed and completed questionnaires describing the kind and type of nutrition services available. All three communities had one or more nutrition programs and services available, but these may not be well recognized within the community. Conclusion: In the Delta NlRl intervention research, the information will be used to identify community assets, opportunities for nutrition interventions, and to monitor community changes over time. The information can be used by the community to build their assets, strengthen community resources, and build capacity to promote health through nutrition and physical activity interventions.