Ecology of public health: A science-based approach
In Chapters 2-4 of your textbook, Key Concepts in Public Health, the authors’ goal is to help public health professionals understand how an array of disciplines in biological and social sciences contribute to public health policies, programs, and approaches to building health and well-being in communities and the population as a whole.
Along with this, the success of a community action plan (which is the subject of your final Portfolio Project for this course) hinges not only on strong leadership but also on an interdisciplinary approach to community involvement.
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The California Endowment’s film crew put together this short piece about the Building Healthy Communities Initiative. The City Heights Community Congress features prominently.
Identify at least four strategies that you might use to increase and maintain community involvement in solving a public health issue in your own community. (Think back to the issue you mentioned in the Getting Started Introduction assignment.)
State the public health issue and the four strategies you would use.
Tips: In choosing your strategies, you’ll want to consider factors including your community’s composition, the amount of time that would need to be invested in implementing strategies, and the resources and skills that might already be present in your community. Think about how you would go about recruiting people to support your action plan or how you would obtain the needed resources to solve your issue.