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ERIC Number: ED356114
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Health of a Community in Rural Iowa.
Decker, Robert H.; And Others
A random telephone survey of 25 residents in Iowa Falls, a small town in rural north-central Iowa, examined opinions and attitudes about the health of their community. The community has a population of 5,424, including 1,276 students in Grades K-12; is the largest city in the county; and is the site of a community college. Sixty percent of respondents believed that the public school was the most healthy feature of the community, while 40 percent cited community support and involvement, and 24-28 percent cited people, families, friendships, and safety. The economy was named as the community's most unhealthy feature by 61 percent of respondents, while "lack of things to do" was given by 16 percent. When asked which individuals need to cooperatively participate for community health, 72 percent of respondents named teachers, 48 percent cited community leaders, and 40 percent said "everyone." Public schools was given by 60 percent of respondents as the group or institution whose involvement was important to community health, while businesses and parents were each cited by 32 percent. Respondents also gave their personal definitions of "health" and suggested ways in which the community's unhealthy features could be improved. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa