Using MAP-IT to help build a healthy community –
MAP-IT means: Mobilize, Assess, Plan, Implement, and Track
To begin achieve the goal of improving health, a community must develop a strategy. That strategy, to be successful, must be supported by many individuals who are working together.
In much the same way you might map out a trip to a new place, you can use the MAP-IT technique to map out the path toward the change you want to see in your community.
For the Session Long Project (SLP) of this course, you will follow one of the following families:
1) A non-English speaking immigrant family. The parents, (35 year old father and a 31 year old mother) have a one-year old son. They (the parents) are obese, smokers, alcoholics and have only a high school education. Due to their weight, the mother has diabetes and high blood pressure, and the father has high blood pressure and kidney disease. The parents are a low income family with no insurance. You will guide the parents on how to achieve the minimum state health requirements for both the child and themselves, i.e. vaccination, good nutrition, a safe and healthy home environment etc.; or,
2) An English-speaking American family. The parents, (42 year old father and a 40 year old mother) have two children, a 14-year old son and a 18 year old daughter. They (the parents) are obese, smokers, and have a history of heavy drug use in their late teen and early adult years. The father has only a high school education while the mother has a BA in English Literature. Due to their weight, the mother has diabetes and high blood pressure, and the father has high blood pressure and liver aliments. The son suffers from asthma while the daughter has had two previous abortions. She may be drug dependent. The parents are a moderate-low income family with minimal insurance. You will guide the parents on how to achieve the minimum state health requirements for both the child and themselves, i.e. vaccination, good nutrition, a safe and healthy home environment etc.
SLP Module Requirements:
You are to use MAP-IT: Mobilize, Assess, Plan, Implement, and Track to respond to this SLP.
Before you begin the SLP please review: Choosing the Right Approach for Health
Steps in MAP-IT are:
1) Mobilize individuals and organizations that care about the health of your community into a coalition.
2) Assess the areas of greatest need in your community, [in this case, assisting new immigrants to access health care], as well as the resources and other strengths that you can tap into in order to address those areas.
3) Plan your approach: start with a vision of where you want to be as a community, then add strategies and action steps to help you achieve that vision: you can be a health educator, a health care provider, a nutritionist, a social worker etc..
4) Implement your plan using concrete action steps that can be monitored and will make a difference.
5) Track your progress over time.
Using this MAP-IT approach, a step-by-step, structured plan can be devised to tailor ones community needs.
The first step in building a healthier community is to mobilize key individuals and organizations to form a community-wide coalition. Most communities already have health departments and other governmental agencies that are responsible for public health services. Many communities also have coalitions of key individuals and organizations that are organized to address specific issues, for example, block associations or neighborhood watch groups. These groups often represent diverse interests and resources for addressing issues that are vital to building and maintaining the health and stability of the entire community. A coalition will often, of course, work with the health department and other health organizations in the community. However, it can also help mobilize a wider range of other resources to address health issues.
You are to complete the following tasks for each module as highlighted.
Module 1: You have completed this module SLP which was to:
a) Select which family you for which you will use the MAP-IT Approach for the SLP.
b) Discuss how you will Mobilize individuals and organizations that care about the health of your community into a coalition. Identify the individuals and organizations which will form the basis of your coalition. Discuss how each member of your coalition can assist each member of your target family.
Module 2: You have completed this module SLP which was to:
Assess the areas of greatest need in your community, in this case, assisting your target family to access health care, as well as the resources and other strengths that you can tap into in order to address those areas.
Module 4: Discuss how you will implement your plan using concrete action steps that can be monitored and will make a difference. Provide sufficient detail
Module 5: Discuss how you will track your progress over time. Present any tables or charts, if necessary, and if you believe it will assist you in effectively tracking your progress (And, of course, the progress of the target family).
Module 6: Complete any Module SLP assignments not completed earlier and submit any revised or incomplete SLP module assignments for grading.
Please submit the module SLP before end of the specific module. Each SLP should be between 3-5 pages and include 3-5 peer reviewed reference citations. You will submit the Session Long Project as a complete paper at the end of this session as a cumulative project. Be sure to upload all assignments when they are completed.
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