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Discussion—Essential Components of Program Planning

Although different models can be used for planning health promotion interventions, they have commonalities in their basic constructs.


Using the readings for this week, the South University Online Library, and the Internet, select two public health planning models and compare and contrast their approaches to addressing health problems in communities.


Use the following questions to guide your discussion:


What are the two models you have selected and why? Briefly describe each model in 1–2 paragraphs.

What steps or components do the two models have in common? In what way are they different?

How might each chosen theory or model be used to address a health issue in a community?

Support your statements with appropriate examples from scholarly references.


Respond to the prompts using the lessons and vocabulary found in the readings for this week. Support your answers with examples and research. Your response should clarify your understanding of the topic. It should be your own, original, and free from plagiarism. Follow the APA format for writing style, spelling and grammar, and citation of sources.


By the due date assigned, respond to the assigned discussion question and submit your responses to the appropriate topic in this Discussion Area. Through the end of the week, comment on the postings of at least two peers.


Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible. Respond to at least two of your classmates. Participate in the discussion by analyzing each response for completeness and accuracy and by suggesting specific additions or clarifications for improving the discussion question response.


Evaluation Criteria:

You should have:


Compared and contrasted in detail two public health planning models and your approaches to addressing health problems in communities.

Explained aspects the models have in common as well as those that are different.

Explained how you might utilize each chosen theory or model to address a health issue in a community.

Justified your answers with appropriate research and reasoning.

Commented on the postings of at least two peers.


Additional Notes Only:


Course Project Overview – Working Ahead

For your course project, you will prepare a complete program plan that addresses a public health issue in a specific population. You will not need to implement the intervention or conduct the evaluation. The plan will be based in the real world and would therefore draw on real data and other information gathered in the needs assessment and planning processes.


Complete the following:


In Week 1, you will select a health issue as the focus for your course project. In addition, you will describe the health issue, including a brief background of the problem and the populations or groups most affected. You will write a memo of intent to justify addressing the health issue and target population.

In Week 2, you will identify and describe the behavioral and environmental risk factors related to the health issue. You will also compare the risk factors based on importance and changeability.

Then in Week 3, you will select one or two behavioral risk factors for in-depth analysis. You will identify and describe predisposing, reinforcing, and enabling factors for each behavioral risk. In addition, you will examine three settings that could be used to approach the health behavior. In Week 3 you will submit the work through this part of the project for grading.

In Week 4, you will recommend strategies that can be used to address each factor (predisposing, reinforcing, and enabling) and prepare an assessment of community resources and community capacity for change.

In Week 5, you will compare and contrast the strategies you recommended in Week 4 to evidence-based practices. In addition, you will describe and explain the appropriate working group for the implementation of the proposed strategies. Finally, you will compile all the previous components of this project and incorporate them into a final paper.


Additional information that’s it.


This week you will concepts of health promotion and health education. You will explore the steps in health planning as follows:


1. Identifying the health issue


2. Completing a needs assessment


3. Setting goals and objectives


4. Developing intervention(s)


5. Implementing intervention(s)


6. Completing an audit or evaluation


You will also examine different theories and planning models and complete a paper comparing and contrasting the theories. When studying the theories, planning models, and frameworks, be sure to consider the following: Will health status change? Can theories and principles related to health and illness be understood? In addition, initiation and maintenance of a behavior change is difficult, therefore, if you want to affect change permanently, how can the individual or community be motivated and want to change?


This week you will be introduced to the PRECEDE-PROCEED model for health promotion planning and evaluation. The eight phases or steps of the model will be explored and you will examine how the model is used. The Multilevel Approach to Community Health (MATCH) will also be introduced.



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