Comprehensive Community Assessment

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation commissioned this independent community assessment for two purposes: (1) to understand the impact of the Foundation’s grantmaking in Macon County, Illinois; and (2) to comprehensively assess the County’s needs as well as the assets available to support those needs. To assist in securing information, 41 key stakeholders were interviewed who described their perceptions of Macon County's challenges and strengths. Research questions focused on improving the economy, community physical and mental health, employment, and possible criminal justice supports. This assessment provides an overview of community needs and assets, current health and human service capacity, and models and opportunities to improve community well-being.

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