Supporting Rowan County's Long-Term Planning Process in the Areas of Human Health, Economy and Environment
The timing of the 2013 ATP project was in line with the long-range planning discussions in the target communityMorehead-Rowan County, Kentucky. The initial areas of focus placed a strong emphasis on environmental, human health, and economic aspects of community quality of life. As in past years, NewCity Morehead was the primary community partner for the student research project and provided an organizational memory important to the students as they expanded on the work completed by previous ATP classes. In addition, two new key partners were added: Sustainable Morehead, Inc. (a non-profit focusing on quality of life and community sustainability) and the Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center (whose mission is to promote healthy communities through innovative partnerships). Our project focused on (1) researching peer-reviewed articles and investigating real-world examples pertaining to human health, environmental, and economic aspects of community quality of life: (2) developing and piloting a community needs survey focused on local human health, environment, and economic issues; (3) interviewing a variety of local leaders about these issues, including obtaining their feedback on our survey instrument; and (4) producing a project report that can be readily utilized by local leadership to inform their ongoing long-range planning efforts.
Christine E. McMichael, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Geography
Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy
School of Public Affairs
College of Business and Public Affairs
Morehead State University
110F Combs Building
Morehead, KY 40351
Previous Conference Participation: 2012 2011 2010 2009