Wellness and Engagement in City Housing: Aging Successfully Though Enhanced Wellness Programming

Challenge:
What barriers do people experience in accessing the wellness programs, and how can CityHousing support resident engagement?

Students:
Robert Etherington, Zoe Grant, Coomal Rashid, Gagandeep Saini

Staff:
Kelly Coxson, Community Development Coordinator, CityHousing Hamilton

Instructor:
Kate Whalen

Course and Department:
Sustainability 4S06: Leadership in Sustainability, Academic Sustainability Programs

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 Exercise class poster created by the Wellness and Engagement in CityHousing Hamilton group

Exercise class poster created by the Wellness and Engagement in CityHousing Hamilton group

 The results from the in-person resident surveys, highlighting the most significant barriers to accessing the wellness programs

The results from the in-person resident surveys, highlighting the most significant barriers to accessing the wellness programs

Students Robert, Zoe, Coomal, and Gagandeep conducted and coded 34 resident interviews, in order to discover potential barriers to engagement. They developed promotional material that was translated into two different languages and as their development culminated over a 3 week trial, they found a 10% increase in participation with their new promotional material. Afterwards, the students compiled a Recommendations Report for Kelly Coxson (the Community Project Champion), and the CHH Board to summarize their findings, as well as highlighting their next steps. 

Next the students will highlight 3 key recommendations on the report to the CHH and set up an online system for promotional material editing and templates and instructions, which will ensure the continuity of this project. 

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