VoiceKent 2017 is a county-wide survey by GVSU's Johnson Center and the Kent County Health Department. The survey is about residents’ views and experiences related to health and wellbeing, discrimination and inclusion, and overall quality of life in the greater Grand Rapids area. An important feature of the survey is that it allows for the disaggregation of results, or splitting the total sample results to show findings among particular subgroups, in order to compare how people from various demographic groups answered each of the questions. Understanding the diversity in the experiences and views of individuals from different demographic groups provides more useful information to guide community decisions, particularly on matters of equity and inclusion.
This community needs assessment combines federal and local data with data and feedback from a community survey and forum. Community organizations members can use the data from this report to identify areas of need and inform planning.