Rural Response to COVID-19 [Pilot Study]
The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are far-reaching and extend beyond the spread of the disease and efforts to quarantine it. With emergency management efforts underway, opportunities exist to develop more effective and efficient response measures to increase the resiliency of our communities amidst this and future public health crises. Developing impactful resilience strategies requires a regional- and community-scale focus. While most Canadians live in urban centres, nearly 20% of the national population resides in small and/or rural centres. Across Canada’s rural landscape are communities facing unique realities, complex challenges, and numerous opportunities.
To increase the resiliency and well-being of all Canadian communities, it is important that small and rural areas are included within policy focused research, analyses, and emergency planning.
This project explores what planning activities are needed in small and rural communities to best support ongoing recovery efforts and to increase resiliency and well-being over the long-term. This project has four objectives:
1. Identify vulnerable populations in Huron and Perth Counties affected by COVID-19;
2. Determine priority programs to support vulnerable populations during and post-COVID-19 (e.g. mental health, income and food security, education);
3. Explore opportunities for the non-profit/charitable sector during and post-COVID-19;
4. To identify emergent mental health and economic concerns generated by COVID-19.
We have launched a resident survey across Huron and Perth Counties and we're asking all residents over the age of 18 to complete the survey. It is relatively short (22 questions) and can be completed on all mobile devices and computers.