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UK and LexLinc Release Results of Self-Assessment

By Kelley Bozeman

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Claudia J. Heath

"This knowledge benefits Lexington residents and civic leaders as well as public and private providers of human services. This is an excellent example of how the University partners with Lexington to fully incorporate the university's higher purpose of active engagement within the community."

-- Claudia J. Heath, director of the UK Research Center for Families and Children

 

March 7, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The Lexington Local Investment Commission (LexLinc) and the UK Research Center for Families and Children released research results of the Lexington-Fayette County Self-Assessment, an in-depth community-wide assessment on March 6. This research provides human service and neighborhood organizations, government and business with a unique tool to make more informed decisions regarding community investments.

Over 1,500 randomly selected families completed interviews with responses to more than 100 questions regarding their financial needs, income support, mental health needs, and characteristics such as ethnicity, education, marital status, and number of people in household.

"This knowledge benefits Lexington residents and civic leaders as well as public and private providers of human services. This is an excellent example of how the University partners with Lexington to fully incorporate the university's higher purpose of active engagement within the community," stated Claudia J. Heath, director of the UK Research Center for Families and Children.

Data is organized into targeted assessment sectors, or contiguous census tracts with similar income levels and demographics. Specific human needs such as child care or employment can be identified in each geographic sector.

"Each sector has its own story, perspective, and individuality that complements Fayette County," said Wanda Faircloth, executive director of LexLinc. "The information gathered provides insight about characteristics, assets and needs of our community and certain areas that require a special look."

“This study is a perfect example of the town/gown relationship. The importance of being able to mold the university’s research and expertise with community needs is what a great university is all about,” said UK President Lee T. Todd Jr.

More information is available at www.lexlinc.org and in limited printing/CD-ROM at LexLinc, 436 Georgetown Street.


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