September 22, 2021
University of Guelph study looks at life in Oxford after COVID-19
Oxford Response to COVID-19 survey will help shape local programs and recovery efforts
How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your life?
University of Guelph is working with Oxford County and more than 20 local partners to study how the pandemic has changed life for residents, including their health, wellbeing, social life, finances, and day-to-day living.
The 20-minute survey, Oxford Response to COVID-19, is online now until October 29 at www.oxfordcounty.ca/speakup. Paper copies with prepaid return postage will also be mailed to Oxford County households next week.
The study is part of a University of Guelph research project on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted rural and small urban communities. For their support, Oxford’s municipal and community partners receive study results and data for use in program planning and COVID-19 recovery initiatives, particularly those that relate to housing, mental health and addictions support, and income and food security.
For more information about the survey or to take it online, visit www.oxfordcounty.ca/speakup.
The Oxford Response to COVID-19 survey is part of a study exploring the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on residents from small and rural communities across Ontario. It asks participants how they have experienced the pandemic, how their behaviour has changed, and how they believe their behaviour will change in the future.
The lead researcher for the Oxford Response to COVID-19 study is Leith Deacon, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Environmental Design & Rural Development, University of Guelph, 519-824-4120 ext. 52521, Leith.Deacon@uoguelph.ca.
Financial support for this project is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). It is also supported by the following Oxford County partners:
Canadian Mental Health Association Oxford
Children’s Aid Society of Oxford
City of Woodstock
Community Employment Services
Community Futures Oxford
Domestic Abuse Services Oxford
Ingersoll Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic
Ontario Federation of Agriculture
Oxford Coalition for Social Justice
Oxford County Community Health Centre
Oxford County Federation of Agriculture
Rural Oxford Economic Development Corporation
Social Planning Council Oxford
Southwestern Public Health
Thames Valley Family Health Team
Tillsonburg Multi-Service Centre
Town of Ingersoll
Town of Tillsonburg
Township of Blandford-Blenheim
Township of East Zorra-Tavistock
Township of Norwich
Township of South-West Oxford
Township of Zorra
United Way Oxford
Wellkin Child & Youth Mental Wellness