On Wednesday February 1, 2017 over 60 residents from Roosevelt and stakeholders gathered at the Roosevelt Fire House to participate in an interactive discussion about the health and wellness of the Roosevelt Community. Attendees were walked through the “Community Based Participatory Research Process” that was facilitated by Long Island Community Academic Research Partnership (LICARP), where the main research question was, “What are the positive things about Roosevelt and what are the leading health related concerns?” Hofstra Research Staff Dr. Martine Hackett and Dr. Jess Holtzer shared the community assets that were conveyed during the select community focus group discussions.
The Roosevelt Youth Researchers presented each of the 5 community concerns;
- Lack of Healthy Food Options, Violence and Safety
- Lack of Safe Accessible Outdoor Parks
- Stress and Isolation and Drug Use and Drug Abuse
- Lack of Healthy Food Options
- Lack of Safe Accessible Outdoor Parks.
The community data discussions were closed out with a spoken word performance by Sustainable Long Island’s Senior Program Coordinator, Erika Hill. Erika’s performance piece titled, “Rise Up Roosevelt, Stay Woke” incorporated all 5 concerns. All of the concerns listed above are top priorities that will be addressed through the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities Program. On February 15, 2017 Sustainable Long Island will address the lack of safe accessible outdoor parks during the next Complete Streets Meeting at the Roosevelt Fire House.
To learn more about how you can participate in the next Complete Streets meeting, please visit http://sustainableli.org/2017/01/roosevelt-complete-streets-focus-group/