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Calvin team maps health care for low-income patients

In summer 2007, Dr. Fred De Jong and social work student Lauren Vander Plas (at left) completed a significant report for the Grand Rapids Healthy Communities Access Program (GRHCAP), a federal grant awarded to Cherry Street Health Services as the head of a regional consortium of health care organizations.

The report’s maps illustrate the depth and breadth of low-income coverage provided by Grand Rapids’ growing clinic network. For example, the green areas in the map detail below show that the low-income patient population living in central Grand Rapids is a substantial proportion of the estimated low-income population in those same areas.

Posted by Neil Carlson on Tuesday, October 02, 2007 at 09:29 AM
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CRC projects in the works

CSR is working away on two major projects related to the Christian Reformed Church, Calvin College’s parent church.

A report to the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence (SPE) program on the Spring 2007 survey of pastors and clerks of council, to be presented to the SPE advisory board at their November 15 meeting and posted for public view thereafter. The report will compare results with the first wave conducted in 2004-2005, documented in a 2005 report.

The fifth quinquennial (every five years since 1987) survey of CRC members and attenders, conducted in the CRC’s Sesquicentennial (150th) year. The new survey is sponsored by the Ministry Council of the CRCNA, led by former CSR director Rodger Rice, and scheduled for all-electronic deployment later this fall.

Posted by Neil Carlson on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at 02:50 PM
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Calvin Press Release about our KCCS student team

Our Calvin student team is wrapping up its summer work this week, and Calvin’s Media Relations folks have produced an excellent press release about KCCS, written primarily from the perspective of student team members.

The project is on schedule! As of this writing, CSR student Field Interviewers have completed 245 face-to-face interviews with Kent County religious leaders, as well as doing field research to winnow down an initial list of over 900 possible congregations to a current clean list of just over 760. Our four summer student research assistants have been a big help, too. Another 44 face-to-face interviews have been conducted by clergy liaisons, and 115 telephone interviews are complete, putting total response to date over 50%. Data collection will continue into the fall, with a smaller team of Calvin students cooperating with the clergy liaisons and telephone subcontractor.

Thanks to all our partners, and especially to the congregations themselves, for making KCCS work!

Posted by Neil Carlson on Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 09:27 AM
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KCCS makes the front page

 CSR’s major summer project, the Kent County Congregations Study, made the front page of the Grand Rapids Press newspaper today. In scope, KCCS is one of the most ambitious local studies of congregations ever undertaken. Because the goal is to learn how to provide better future service provision to the needy, the study aims to reach as much of the complete county population of congregations as possible. The CSR’s team of thirteen student field interviewers has conducted over ninety face-to-face interviews with local clergy since June 21, aiming for more than 250 completed interviews by August 20. Another team of interviewers at RDV Corporation will seek an additional 120 interviews with primarily African-American and Latino congregations, while the Center for Marketing and Opinion Research in Akron, Ohio has been contracted to contact another 250-plus by telephone. Update:  we have a nice PDF of the Press article for online viewing only; contact us or the Press if you are interested in a print copy.
Posted by Neil Carlson on Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 11:24 PM
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KCCS field interviewers ready for launch!

The Kent County Congregation Study (KCCS) team were all in one place today, enjoying lunch and preparing to interview clergy all over the county.

Front Row (seated or kneeling): Benjamin Moore, Rev. Lorenzo Miguel, Yolanda Ivens, Neil Carlson, Grace Miguel, Jessica Siekmeier, Zuri Suero.
Second Row: Elizabeth Gonzalez, Paula Simoni, Joseph Pichardo, Dana Doll, Nate Medeiros-Ward, Stephanie Skaar, Uduak Thomas, Edwin Hernandez.
Third Row: Rev. Fred Comer, Rev. Joe Jones, Lori Verspoor, Deborah Lemmen, Jordan Bruxvoort, Rev. Royce Evans, Todd LaForest, Rev. Dallas Lenear.
Not pictured: Austin Graff, Dan Eizenga

It's a wonderful group of people!

Posted by Neil Carlson on Friday, June 22, 2007 at 12:09 AM
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