Community Health Promotion
A two-page (500-word) paper that summarizes the resources that are available in your community and recommendations for future programs
a. Write a paper that focuses on resources.
Address the following prompts in your paper:
· Describe the resources that promote health promotion that are available in your community.
o Include the level of community participation.
o Explain the specific health promotion resources that are available across the lifespan.
o Include the level of participation for and any particular characteristics of the populations that use the resources.
· Recommend a health promotion idea or ideas that may be developed into a health promotion program or programs in your community.
Identify the targeted populations with rationale to support the choice.
Community Health Promotion
Health promotion is the process through which the well-being of individuals within a community is improved and protected. Health is regarded as a resource that is essential for everyday living. As a result, the emphasis on increasing control and enhancing the concept of health is not only the responsibility of the health sector but also the people of a given community. Comprehensive achievement of physical, social, and mental well-being requires the individuals in the community to understand and evaluate their health needs, and how they can be satisfied. Community participation forms the basis of successful health promotion. It reduces the vulnerability to disasters and promotes a quick response as well as improved planning in preparedness for calamities. The paper focuses on the community in Florida, which is highly regarded as the gateway city to Latin America.
The community has various resources that facilitate public participation in health promotion. They include the Dade Area Health Education Center (HEC), children’s homes societies, services for the elderly, and mental health programs, among others. The AHEC facility promotes easy access to affordable healthcare services, important health education to the residents, and recruitment and training of healthcare providers for the community. The facility mainly focuses on marginalized groups like the uninsured, economically undeserving, and patients with critical illnesses to provide them with improved access to comprehensive care (El-Amin et Al., 2016). AHEC also offers a wide range of academic programs to the students from within and outside the community to incorporate health-enhancing behaviors, achieving health literacy, and promoting the health of others.
The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese also assists in health promotion within the community. The program is involved in providing adult day care services to the elderly. The program accepts adults diagnosed with medical, mental, or psychological disabilities, and provides them with an environment where they can interact with their loved ones and other patients with similar conditions. The program provides them with food, local field trips, and professional nursing care accompanied by counseling. The patients are engaged in activities like games and exercises to help in stimulating their mental functionality (Barrueco et Al., 2016). To be enrolled in Catholic Charities, one has to be a disabled adult of about 60 years or older and probably demonstrating signs of mild stages of Alzheimer’s. The eligibility is not dependent on a patient’s nationality, gender, religion, or political beliefs.
The Douglas Gardens Community Mental Health Center is another resource that aids in health promotion. The center offers extensive behavioral healthcare programs and services to people with mental illness. The resource has medical professionals with the necessary skills to handle individuals struggling with substance abuse and assist them in their management and recovery journey. The treatment processes in the center use assessment tools and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) modules to manage the symptoms and help the patients to live comfortably within the community (Graham et Al., 2018). Interestingly, most of the services within the center are covered by private insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.
One of the recommendations that can be offered to the community would be to include smoking sensation programs detailing the adverse side effects of smoking. The plans may revolve around quit activities and brief interventions through written and audio-visual resources. The program would be of tremendous help because smoking of tobacco products is one of the leading causes of premature deaths globally. The targeted population for the program will mostly be high school students (who constitute 10% of the smoking population) and adults between 45-65 years old (who form 18% of the smoking population).
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El-Amin, S., Suther, S., Kiros, G. E., &Zaw, K. (2016). Practice Patterns for Sexual History-taking among Florida Nurses. Florida Public Health Review, 13(1), 17. Doi: 10.7748/nm.21.6.13.s14
Graham, R., Hodgetts, D., Stolte, O., & Chamberlain, K. (2018). Community meal provision and mental well-being. The Handbook of Mental Health and Space: Community and Clinical Applications. 10(E26). Doi: 10.5888/pcd10.120180