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themes can be generalized beyond the specific participant populations of each workshop.

Session Characteristics

As noted above, the venues for the three community conversations were selected to reach diverse populations in different regions of the United States. Attendance at each session is broadly described as follows:

•  The Fort Benton, MT, session was attended by 75 residents of the city of Fort Benton (pop. 1,478) and Chouteau County (pop. 5,765).8 Consistent with area demographics, participants were mostly white, and included several members of two local Hutterite9 colonies. The predominant age was higher than that of the other two sessions, with half the participants between the ages of 45 and 64 and none under age 25. Participants had a very high rate of health insurance, and more than 80 percent reported having at least some college education. Nearly one in five participants reported having some type of disability. Although participants who live in Fort Benton have a pharmacy nearby, approximately a third live more than 25 miles from a pharmacy.

•  The Chattanooga, TN, session was attended by 49 residents of the city of Chattanooga (pop. 168,075) and its surrounding county (Hamilton County, pop. 337,294). African Americans made up about 40 percent of the participants. Chattanooga participants were diverse in age, but had the largest representation of young adults between ages 18 and 24 of the three sessions. Participants’ rate of health insurance and level of education were nearly as high as Fort Benton participants, and equivalent numbers (nearly one in five) self-reported having a disability. Nearly all participants lived within 5 miles of a pharmacy.

•  The Los Angeles, CA, session was attended by 108 residents of Los Angeles (pop. 3,797,144) and Los Angeles County (pop. 9,830,420). The vast majority of these participants live in South


8Population statistics source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2006-2010 American Community Survey, 2010. (accessed April 18, 2012).

9Hutterites are an Anabaptist group who live communally, dress according to their traditions, and speak German within their colonies. Source: Hutterian Brethren, 2012, (accessed April 18, 2012).

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