Needs Assessment Assignment

By April 10, 2018Academic Papers

An important use of the Needs Assessment findings is to develop effective community health strategies for addressing health issues. Now that you have completed your Needs Assessment, you are ready to take your recommendations further. For this assignment, you will choose one of the recommendations from your Needs Assessment and develop an intervention plan that will address and mitigate the need. The goal of this assignment is to help you understand and explore the idea of interventions at the community level. You will be required to communicate your intervention plan in two ways to help you develop practical skills in gaining support and funding for future interventions:

 

1.     An elevator pitch, and

2.     An intervention plan report.

For this assignment, you will be focusing on the intervention plan: You will be using ONE recommendation you made in your Needs Assessment:

BASED ON THE LAST ASSIGNMENT YOU DID (ELEVATOR PITCH), THE RECCOMENADATION WILL BE: self-referral or community referral to the program to the Women’s Mental Health Services

As stated before: The organization I have chosen to focus on is The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). This non-profit organization is known to be the largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital (provides education, training, internships and, residencies for students), as well as one of the world’s leading research centers in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH integrates clinical care, research, education, policy development and particularly health promotion (i.e. recreational programming and smoking cessation resources), as learnt from Module 5 from BMED 271. With these resources, CAMH is dedicated to providing comprehensive and accessible care to transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction as well as shape public policy and resource development processes in order to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and addiction. A wide range of clinical programs, support and rehabilitation services are provided that meet the needs of people who are at risk and are at different stages of their lives and illnesses. These services include assessment, brief early intervention, residential programs, day treatment, continuing care and family support. Moreover, CAMH staff affiliates with family doctors, home support services, community agencies and other healthcare providers to make sure that clients and their families can receive assistance in their own communities. Additionally, they address larger issues that arise from four major factors affecting health. This includes housing, employment, social support and income support, which are all part of the social determinants of health. CAMH focuses on client-centered care and places no form of discrimination or prejudice on who can access their services. They understand that each individual is unique socially, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically. Therefore, individuals of any race, culture, ethnicity, gender, age, ability, religion and sexual orientation are all able to access the services of CAMH. As mentioned throughout this post, the health concern is mental health and addiction issues. This can range from drug addiction, depression, psychosis, alcohol addiction, etc. More information can be found at: http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/Pages/home.aspx

 

 

Your final intervention plan should include the following sections:

You will develop and communicate an intervention plan in a report that specifies how your recommendation will be implemented. The expectation is that your intervention plan would be thorough and complete enough such that it could be implemented at your organization. You will need to complete each of the following criteria for your intervention plan report:

  • Outline intervention strategy: The intervention strategy should include a description of the intervention that you have chosen from your Needs Assessment. You should discuss how your intervention strategy elaborates upon your recommendation and how it addresses your health need. As well, you should include a brief description of all required activities and tasks that would be required to implement the intervention. For references, you may refer to past interventions carried out by your organization, interventions implemented by similar organizations, or interventions implemented in similar settings.
  • Describe goal and objectives: Your goal should be a broad statement of what you want to achieve from your intervention. Once you’ve determined your goal, think about the specific things you will need to do to achieve your goal (these are your objectives). Objectives should be attainable (with the resources you have) and measurable (using your indicators). Objectives will help guide tasks and act as a mean to measure progress. This makes it easier for funders to see what you are trying to achieve.
  • Identify intended target/special population groups: This is the group of people your intervention is designed to influence and impact. The data you collected on the users of your organization will guide your decision about whom to target. This may be general or specific to special population groups. Ensure you address the diversity and demographics of your target group.
  • Select a setting and time frame: The setting for an intervention is where activities will occur. The chosen setting may serve the needs and requirements of the target audience or of the organization or both. Describe and justify the length of your intervention
  • Inventory of available resources: Implementing an intervention takes a variety of resources. In this section, you will describe the available resources for you to implement your intervention plan. Examples include funding, material resources such as space, equipment and supplies, and as well, time, effort and support from community and organization members
  • Stakeholders: You may decide that it’s beneficial to partner with other organizations or community groups to help develop and implement your intervention. This will require you to identify each stakeholder’s role. This may involve describing their specific duties and how they will be involved in helping bring your intervention to fruition.
  • Implementing your intervention: You will elaborate on the activities required in your plan. This should include details on how long each activity will be and who will take the lead role in implementing the associated tasks. You should also describe any feasibility issues and possible unintended outcomes that you’ve addressed.
  • Budget: Using a table, describe the components that would be required and its estimated cost as you learned in Module 4. Your costs should be evidence-based estimates.

è I have attached the Module 4 notes and you must focus on pages 45-48 for this part

  • Evaluating your intervention: Measuring the progress of an intervention is a vital component as it allows you to gauge how well your intervention is accomplishing its objectives. It also allows you to make the necessary changes when you see that the objectives aren’t being met. In this section, you will briefly describe a method that will capture how well your intervention is doing (i.e. a brief survey, a pre- and post-survey or a participant focus group that identifies behaviour uptake).

 

 

 

NOTE

1.     In the previous assignment, I received feedback from 3 of my peers (word document: feedback 1, feedback 2, feedback 3). Try to integrate some of their feedback into this intervention plan.

2.     In this intervention, consider why this system is not already in place, and how these barriers might be overcome (for example, is there concern about capacity to accommodate the number of self and community referrals that are expected?)

3.     Since in the last assignment you talked about CAMH Women’s Mental Health Service, you must stick to this as well as you the recommendation of self-referral or community referral since that was the main recommendation you talked about. Also, do NOT use the terms “addicts” and “alcoholics” but rather “people who abuse alcohol/drugs” or “people with substance use disorders” to keep a professional tone.

 

Specifications:

The assignment should:

  • Max. 5 pages in length.
  • Can include appendices of no more than 2 pages.
  • 1″ margins, double-spaced.
  • 12-point font, Times New Roman.
  • Include at least two sources of information and use APA referencing.

 

Competencies:

Communicator: Student effectively presents their elevator pitch, providing a clear and persuasive overview of one of the recommendations from their needs assessment.

Advocate: The student advocates for the population their organization serves by writing an intervention plan outlining appropriate changes as to how to implement their recommendation.

Scholar: The student uses knowledge gained from the course to propose appropriate changes within their organization that can be implemented to address a particular need of their population.

Professional: Student writes in a professional manner, using appropriate language, and proper grammar and spelling when discussing their intervention plan.

Collaborator: Student provides constructive feedback on their peer’s elevator pitches, in order to improve the final intervention plan.

 

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I have attached the rubric (it is PART 2C Intervention Plan Report + (look at level 4-100%)). I have also attached the elevator pitch script that you recently did titled “Elevator pitch official”. I also included the 3 feedbacks “feedback 1, feedback 2, feedback 3” as well as the notes “module 4”. I also attached last year’s intervention titled “intervention plan” for you to get an idea of what to write for this assignment as well as the needs assignment you did titled “ health needs assessment”. 

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