Date: 9/4/2018 at Holiday Retirement at Mistywood
The Harder and Co. Community Research had contacted RCONA to see if we could use our city-wide resources to invite volunteers to participate in a focus group on behalf of the Kaiser Foundation. The goal was to get feedback on the health needs of the region. RCONA ended up providing 15 attendees from all over Roseville to attend the event
Questions covered some of the following areas:
- How we felt about our community—described as a whole or a neighborhood in particular. Concerns were not just about medical concerns, but “community” in general.
- What “healthy” meant to us in a community sense—everything from emotional/spiritual/economic/access/senior support/nutrition/air quality as mentioned.
- What were our health issues—stress/anxiety/isolation/nutrition/lack of services for seniors.
- What “resources” we have now or what were our barriers—Maidu Community Center and Seniors First were among those mentioned.
Many discussions led back to some of the same concerns noted by several members from different areas:
- Lack of access — no medical facilities in the West Roseville area.
- Increased traffic concerns causing stress and a lack of effective public transportation is a problem.
- Concerns voiced that Kaiser ‘mental health’/psychiatric services needed improvement.
- Technology issues—tends to assume everyone is tech literate or has access to PCs, etc.
- Maidu Senior Center is good, but it’s the only one in the city, and not easily accessed by everyone.
All the participants were presented with a $25 gift certificate to local stores for participating, and RCONA was presented with a $250 Walmart thank you for coordinating the event. A copy of the final compiled area study (no names will be used) will be shared with RCONA when completed. Thank you to all the participants who did a great job sharing their concerns.