Ohio Student aids in school district’s health needs assessment

Katie Labovitz
March 3, 2011

Masters of Public Administration student Tasha Miracle has a home-field advantage when it comes to the projects she has worked on during her first year at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. From Cambridge, Ohio, Miracle has been a resident of the area her whole life and her knowledge of the area as well as her connection to its people has been an asset to her work, including the health needs assessment for the Eastern Local School District in Meigs County.

The project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, surveyed students, parents and school personnel in the Easter Local School District about mental health issues in order to uncover strengths and barriers faced in the community and allow the district to take steps toward a better understanding of and access to mental health services. Miracle co-presented the assessment’s findings with Holly Raffle, the health needs assessment leader and Assistant Professor at the Voinovich School. She was also responsible for leading a discussion of the surveys’ results, which allowed the attendees to come to their own conclusions about addressing the mental health needs concerns.