Title page for ETD etd-04032008-141550

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Kemp, Audrey June
Author's Email Address ajkemp@vt.edu
URN etd-04032008-141550
Title Quality of Life and the Health Care System in New River Valley, Virginia: Residents' Perceptions and Experiences
Degree PhD
Department Education Curriculum and Instruction
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Redican, Kerry J. Committee Chair
Fortune, Jimmie C. Committee Member
Hershey, Jody H. Committee Member
Hosig, Kathryn Wright Committee Member
Lepczyk, Billie F. Committee Member
Stratton, Richard K. Committee Member
  • New River Valley
  • community health status assessment
  • quality of life
  • health needs
  • health care system
Date of Defense 2008-03-17
Availability unrestricted
The present study involved the implementation of one component, Community Health Status Assessment, of a comprehensive, strategic planning tool, Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP), to qualitatively uncover the perceptions of the quality of life and local health care system of 28 residents in New River Valley (NRV), Virginia. The current study represents the initial qualitative study utilizing MAPP in Virginia. Interviewees perceived an overall good quality of life (e.g., ample green space, safe neighborhoods), with an urgent need for health care reform, affordable insurance, and transportation, particularly for after-hours medical care. The current study also reviews the specific findings from the one-on-one interviews, and provides a step-by-step look at the MAPP process for potential users as applied to a real-world community, specifically, the NRV.
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