As you near the conclusion of this introductory public health course, there are certain emerging skills that you will demonstrate in a major project. These competencies relate to the decision-making process used by public health professionals. Therefore, for the Unit 9 Assignment, you will:
- Justify a decision to resolve a public health issue.
- Employ analytical processes to plan health initiatives.
- Construct an evidence-based strategic plan for public health efforts.
Your version of a public health strategic plan will consist of three fundamental parts.
PART 1: Defining the Health Issue
You will begin your strategic plan by defining a specific health issue. Imagine that you are a director or manager for a public health organization, and you will:
- Identify a health issue aligned with Health People 2020.
- Discover a specific health issue’s objective per the Healthy People 2020 planning site.
PART 2 – Evaluating the Health Issue
After gaining a foundational understanding of the health issue, you will:
- Utilize analytical techniques to evaluate ways to address the problem.
- Develop evidence to resolve the issue.
- Form the basis of an action plan.
PART 3 – Create a Strategic plan
With evidence to support the relevance and importance of your health issue (part 1) and analysis to highlight ways to resolve (part 2), you may now work toward forming a strategic plan. To complete part 3, you will:
- Define the public health VMOSA (i.e., vision, mission, objectives, strategies, and action plan) for your initiative, program, or project.
- Articulate a feasible timeline and necessary resources for each task in the action plan.
- Connect the public health initiative, program, or project with a stakeholder analysis.