Masters Thesis

A Community needs assessment of Arvin, Lamont, and Weedpatch, California: focus group prioritization

The purpose of this community needs assessment was to identify the health and psychosocial services and access needs of residents in three rural communities in central California. Three focus group meetings were organized with community members from Arvin, Lamont, and Weedpatch, California. Group participants reported main concerns were safety (crime), lack of schools, mistrust of officials, pollution (air and water pollution), lack of emergency and health services, and lack of transportation. Each group prioritized its needs. Recommendations and implications for social services and social policy are discussed.

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