COVID-19 Community Survey Results

JONAH has released our report of the analyzed results of the survey we put out earlier this year hearing from area residents on how COVID-19 has impacted their lives.

The report summarized results from a community survey that asked residents in the tri-county area (Chippewa, Dunn and Eau Claire counties) about the impact of COVID-19 on their lives, particularly Wisconsin’s Safer At Home Order. Specifically, the survey focused on how social determinants of health, such as housing, food, healthcare, internet access, transportation, and income have been impacted by COVID-19 societal changes, with the goal of using results to inform future programming to meet local needs. 

Community partners that shared JONAH’s concerns collaborated on the creation and distribution of the survey: JONAH took the lead of the project, in partnership with the following organizations: Black and Brown Womyn Power Coalition, Chippewa Valley Street Ministry, The Community Table, Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce, Eau Claire City/County Health Department, El Centro, EXPO, Family Promise, Feed My People, JONAH Immigration Task Force, Literacy Chippewa Valley, Power Up Project, and Sojourner House 

The survey was released in English, Hmong and Spanish, and residents had the option to complete it on line or on paper – it was released for distribution on May 20, 2020, and was closed on June 30, 2020. Several partner organizations handed them out to their clients.  There were partners in all three counties, and offered drop off locations, mail-in address, email collection, and in person pickup. 

Once all the surveys were collected, translated back to English, and input into one file, they were sent to a volunteer analyst at UWEC. Team members reviewed results to identify important highlights and patterns. 

Survey results revealed two important takeaways: mental health is a top issue for many in the Chippewa Valley, and that populations of color have a higher need for access to public services. Each of the partners have used this information to direct their programming focus. 

See all the results, and how partners intend to respond, in the FULL REPORT HERE:

JONAH hopes that the data collected in this survey will be looked at by multiple groups and that it will shape the direction of efforts and attitudes throughout.