Datapalooza was a success! Dr. Elizabeth Prom-Wormley has directed a community-engaged survey within the Health and Wellness Initiative (HWI) to assess the needs of residents in the East End of Richmond and organized Datapalooza to explore the results of this survey. HWI staff and partners, community leaders, local organizations, student researchers, and East End residents all came together on November 15th to participate in Datapalooza. GREMAP members Natalie Bareis and Katherine Crawford also helped out with this event.
Residents began the day creating a “Wall of Wellness,” where everyone was encouraged to create a sign describing what a culture of wellness in the East End means to them.
After reviewing the preliminary results of the survey, everyone collaborated to reach a common goal for the evening, which was to work towards creating a culture of “collected wellness” for Richmond’s East End.
Residents then broke into teams to review the data sets with the help of data analysts.
The group identified “next steps” to use the knowledge gained from Datapalooza: 1) Develop a comprehensive resource and services guide for East End residents, 2) Create a summary doument and strategy by which to develop legislative advocacy for mental health issues in the East End, and 3) Host a celebratory Datapalooza results-related event for the residents. Click here for more information on the 7th District Health and Wellness Survey.