Richland County Black & Brown Community

COVID-19 Needs Assessment

Executive Summary

In April of 2021, Richland Public Health created and distributed the Black & Brown COmmunity COVID-19 Needs Assessment. The purpose of the needs assessment was to identify the local needs and concerns of racial and ethnic minorities living in Richland County. Richland Public Health, in collaboration with over 19 community partners, made the survey available via electronic devices, paper copies, and the option to take the survey over the phone. To see the results of the survey, please click the picture.

We want to hear from you!

If you identify as a Black or Brown community member, live in Richland County, and are over the age of 18, we invite you to participate in a brief survey about COVID-19 to help us better serve you! This survey is anonymous and participation is voluntary. At the end of the survey, you will have the option to be entered to win a gift card. There are a total of sixty-five (65) gift cards available to win! This includes five (5) $50 gift cards to the YMCA, forty (40) $25 gift cards, ten (10) $75 gift cards, and ten (10) $100 gift cards to a local establishment of your choosing. Gift cards will be raffled off in a random drawing on May 3, 2021.  If your name is selected from the drawing, a Richland Public Health staff member will contact you. 

To participate in the anonymous, 5 minute survey, please click on the following link:  If you cannot participate in the survey online, paper surveys are available at the Friendly House, Mansfield UMADAOP, the North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) office, Maddox Memorial Church of God in Christ, Mansfield/Richland County Public Library, the YMCA, or by calling 419-774-4761.  To participate by phone, please dial 419-774-4761 between 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Thursday or 8:00am-4:00pm on Friday. Responses to this survey will be collected up until April 30, 2021.



Unfortunately, racial and ethnic minorities here and throughout the world have experienced higher rates of COVID infection, hospitalization, and death, but we are trying to do something about that locally. Please, let us know what your needs are so we can help you and make a real difference in our communities.”

*Deanna West-Torrence, Founder and Executive Director of NECIC.

“Black communities have been affected severely by COVID-19. As a community, the survey will help paint a clear picture of what actions need to be taken to address issues affecting our community here in Richland County.”

*Javar Jackson, COO Third Street Family Health Services.

“Although past experience may have left a measure of distrust and disenfranchisement, there are yet people and agencies willing to help. This survey will help identify the areas in which the black and brown communities of Richland County need the most help. There are resources specifically set aside to help in these areas. We can help by telling them where we need the resources directed. Please join me in taking this survey.”

*Elder Aaron Williams, Jr., Maddox Memorial Church of God in Christ.

“If we all counted on someone else to do something, nothing would ever get done. That’s why I am challenging each and every one of you to take the survey for the Black and Brown community. Our voice needs to be heard.”

*Brigitte Coles, Founding Member of We Act.

“This survey will identify ways in which the Richland County community can better serve us, the Black and Brown community, during the COVID-19 pandemic. What the final product looks like fully depends on the level of feedback that we provide, so please take the survey.”

*Leonard Dillon, President Richland County NAACP.

“Please join our community partners who are working with us to develop material that will address our specific needs and concerns as the Black and Brown community. They are asking for input, and we need to answer.”  

*Dennis Baker, Executive Director Mansfield UMADAOP.

This project is sponsored and supported by: