What is VoiceKent?
VoiceKent (previously known as VoiceGR) is a county-wide survey about residents’ views and experiences related to health and well-being, discrimination and inclusion, and overall quality of life in Kent County, Michigan.
The aim of VoiceKent is to produce a reliable collection of data about Kent County residents that can be used by individuals and organizations to help them make discoveries and decisions about and for the local community.
Statements about a whole population can hide the different experiences of community members. For instance, 78% of all Kent County respondents, but only 66% of Hispanic and Latino/a respondents, reported in VoiceKent 2017 that they can afford to meet their basic needs. That gap is why VoiceKent data visualization tools and key results always allow for disaggregation — splitting up responses by different demographic subgroups — to make comparison easy.
When we use data to better understand the realities our neighbors face, we locate the starting point for change. We can target our programs, policies, funding strategies, advocacy efforts, and more for and with populations and places that need them most. We ensure that no one is overlooked or left behind by our collective efforts to do good.
Explore VoiceKent 2017 Survey Results
VoiceKent 2017 was powered by the Johnson Center and the Kent County Health Department.
Check out the VoiceKent 2017 Survey Results to explore key findings and trends. The Key Findings Data Brief provides a quick summary of community responses about life in Kent County — including experiences with racism, access to fruits and vegetables, health insurance, transportation, and other vital questions.
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How is VoiceKent data used?
VoiceKent 2017 survey data is already helping to inform understanding and decision-making in West Michigan.
- Grand Valley State University Assistant Professor of Economics Leslie Muller and Kevin Callison, Assistant Professor of Global Health Management and Policy at Tulane University used 2017 survey data to produce the West Michigan Healthcare Economic Forecast.
- Kent County Health Department used the data as part of the 2017 Community Health Needs Assessment.
Our Community Partners
The VoiceKent survey would not be possible without the many dedicated community partners in Kent County who help us to spread the word about this survey and collect responses. Check out the full list of our community partners here.
Your Community. Your Voice.
We rely on the generous support of West Michigan partners to help identify community data needs and to ensure VoiceKent survey results and data tools can be made available to the public at no cost. To learn how you can be a part of this project, contact Rachel Borashko at firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 331-9034.