Accurate data analysis methods will result in successful community engagement and mobilization. After a thorough analysis of methods, communicating the findings will allow health educators to work hand-in-hand with community members to create positive changes in health behavior. Understanding the importance of data collection findings may result in the community’s engagement and utilization in improving their built environment.
Dr. Brian Smedley, Director of the Health Policy Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies said:
“I’m persuaded that when we talk about disparities, people assume that we’re simply talking about simple numeric differences; that Group A has less access than Group B; Group C has lower quality than Group D. Instead, we use the term ‘inequities’ because it communicates that these differences are unjust and unfair, and we can do something about them. So rather than just disparities in education, we have inequities, in that so many of our kids of color are assigned to failing K–12 schools. Using the term inequities means there are health gaps brought about by policies and practices in communities. They can be undone, because they are policies and practices that human beings put into place. Human beings can undo them as well. (Barnett, 2012, p. 33)
For Part 3 of the Final Project, review and finalize Parts 1 and 2 based on Instructor feedback. Then, review the resources from Week 4 concerning secondary data methods. Select a community health needs assessment dataset from the resources in Week 4 or through Internet research. Also, review the resource Developing a Plan for Increasing Participation in Community Action.
Final Project Part 3 (3–4 pages excluding APA citations)
You will address the following two areas this week for Part 3 of the Final Project:
Provide data analysis methods:
Based on the data collection methods you chose in Part 2 of the Final Project and on the dataset you chose for this part of the project, provide an explanation of how you might analyze these data from the dataset. Also, address the following in this section:
In the Part 2 of the Final Project, you selected a few data collection methods for your community health needs assessment plan. Given what you have learned from this project until this point, if you could go back, would you choose the same data collection methods? Or, would you choose different methods? Justify your rationale.
Explain how you will communicate the results of needs assessment:
Explain how to communicate your community health needs assessment findings in order to engage and mobilize community members toward building a healthier environment. Support your explanation by using resources from this week.