Today the students presented their projects to over 20 individuals including Gateway Board Members, Research Chairs as well as a number of community members. Taylor Pratt presented the work she contributed to Gateway’s COVID-19 Healthcare Sector Survey. The survey found family challenges and concerns, shopping challenges and mental and physical health concerns as the top stressors for the healthcare sector respondents. It was found that 65% of respondents experienced personal stressors at work since the emergence of COVID-19. Despite this statistic, it was encouraging to see that activities and exercise were being utilized by respondents to help manage their stressors.
Joel Hordijk presented next and described his contribution to Gateway’s business plan, marketing and promotional initiatives. He also explored the potential of promoting rural health through the creation of a Rural Health Awareness Day. It was exciting to see such new and innovative ideas being contributed towards Gateway’s mission to improve rural health.
Meghan Wild-Denys spoke on her role in the development of Gateway’s Farmers’ Mental Health Project. Meghan was able to make significant contributions to the “Farm Safety” arm of the project and was able to research the impacts COVID-19 on farmers in our area through conducting a review of the literature available.
Lastly, Jenna Schade presented on her contributions to Al Lauzon’s Food Insecurity Project. This project aims to explore food insecurity among rural seniors. Jenna was able to conduct multiple literature reviews on food deserts, food swamps, local rural food access and farmer’s markets and alternative agriculture.
We would like to thank our students for their wonderful contributions this summer and we wish them all the best in their future endeavors.