To elicit participant feedback on the 2019 Rural Health and Health Equity Un-Meeting.
On Monday, April 8th, 2019 an Un-Meeting addressing the topics of Rural Health and Health Equity was held at the University of Florida. An evaluation survey was sent to all meeting participants following the Un-Meeting. The survey consisted of both quantitative and qualitative items pertaining to meeting content, meeting logistics and the meeting overall. Of the 119 meeting attendees, 74 responses were received for a response rate of 62.3%. Demographically, attendees reflected a multitude of disciplines but most were from academic institutions, CTSA Program hubs and community organizations.
Overall, most participants indicated that the Un-Meeting addressed their expectations and that the topics covered were valuable. Over 70% of participants agreed that there was adequate networking time allotted. Most participants indicated that they were satisfied with both the registration process and location of the meeting, and all but one survey respondent were satisfied, or very satisfied, with the meeting facilities. Data also reflect that 70% or more of survey respondents gained something from the meeting such as a valuable insight, etc. In addition, 97.1% of respondents suggest that they made a new connection at the Un-Meeting.
All qualitative data collected by the instrument were categorized by overarching themes. Some qualitative comments were split, as the qualitative data fit within more than one theme. Several example quotes for each qualitative question were organized into tables with the corresponding question and theme in the report. Qualitative data for questions that yielded fewer than 20 responses are each represented in the report. All qualitative data are listed in tables in the report appendix.
Qualitative data indicated that meeting attendees valued the networking time but would like there to be more at future meetings, or extended duration of the entire meeting. Breakout sessions were also highly valued by participants. With regard to meeting takeaways, responses indicated that problem sharing/solving as well as specific topic insights were just a few of the many insights gained. Also, responses reflect that key connections made at the Un-Meeting included research connections/potential collaborators, extension offices, community partners and more.
Overall, data suggest that the Un-Meeting was a favorable experience for attendees. The average score of the meeting was 8.43 out of 10, and the median was 9 out of 10.
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