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Community Assessment Will Measure Hope in Rogers County

Residents encouraged to complete free, online assessment

Studies show that hope impacts every sector in a community, from education and healthcare to mental wellness and workplace culture. So how hopeful is Rogers County? Local residents can help answer this question by completing a free, online assessment at https://hoperisingoklahoma.org/participating-communities/rogers-county/. The assessment takes less than 15 minutes to complete and will be open until April 25.

The community hope assessment is part of Rogers County’s involvement in a new statewide initiative called Hope Rising Oklahoma. Driven by findings that hope is a leading predictor of success in education, work, health, mental health, social relationships, family and trauma recovery, Hope Rising Oklahoma provides evidence-based practices to help communities measure and build hope levels in every sector. Those practices—and the local assessment findings—will be shared during the upcoming Rogers County Hope Summit, a free, local training event for community leaders.

“We are so excited bring Hope Rising Oklahoma to Rogers County, and to learn how we can apply the science of hope to create a brighter future for every member of our community,” said Dr. Larry Rice, Local Hope Rising Co-Ambassador and President of Rogers State University. “I encourage everyone to take a few minutes and complete the hope assessment. Your participation creates stronger data, and it will help us identify where we’re succeeding and where we need to focus our efforts.”

Printed copies of the assessment are also available in English and Spanish. To request a printed version, email Barby Myers, Local Community Hope Assessment Coordinator, at barby@claremore.org.

Dr. Rice and Rev. Dr. Ray Crawford, Lead Pastor at Claremore First United Methodist Church, are serving as Rogers County’s co-ambassadors for Hope Rising Oklahoma. Hope Rising Oklahoma is led by Oklahoma First Lady Sarah Stitt and renowned scholar Dr. Chan Hellman. Participating communities form local Hope Rising Councils to spearhead the key components of the initiative, including a community-wide hope assessment; a local Hope Summit event to connect and train community leaders; and long-term assessment and training/certification programs through the University of Oklahoma’s Hope Research Center.

“We’re bringing the science of hope to every county in Oklahoma so local leaders can achieve the exciting outcomes we know are possible,” said Oklahoma First Lady Sarah Stitt. “By engaging and educating leaders across all sectors, we can help make Oklahoma a hope-centered state where every family has the opportunity to thrive.”

The Rogers County Hope Summit will be held May 17 at Rogers State University. To learn more and register, visit https://hoperisingoklahoma.org/participating-communities/rogers-county/.


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