Option #2: The Community Action Plan: Written Report and Handout
Your Portfolio Project for this class is a Community Action Plan designed to alleviate or correct a public-health issue in your community. Your community can be your business, school, neighborhood, town or city of residence or birth, or county.
For option 2, your Community Action Plan will be a professional portfolio that includes a written report and a handout.
Below are some useful sites where you can find examples of the elements of an action plan.
Preliminary Deliverables: These deliverables must be submitted in the assigned week:
- Week 2: Written Response and Project Selection (10 points): Provide a brief one-paragraph response indicating which assignment option and public-health issue you have selected and why. This will help your instructor to be aware of your plans and support you with development of this project. Upload your response as a Word document.
- Week 7: Preliminary Written Report (50 points) and Peer Review Feedback (25 points) Submit a preliminary (rough) draft of the written portion of your Portfolio Project as well as proof of peer review. Remember to include the following sections in your report: introduction, symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, cure, timeline, and summary. Peer review feedback is also required this assignment. Create a post that includes your written report as an attachment using the Portfolio Project Milestone discussion forum for peer review feedback. Then provide feedback to at least one of your classmates. Choose a classmate with no other feedback first, to ensure that everyone receives some feedback from their peers. In this preliminary draft submission, indicate which project you responded to.
Final Paper Instructions:
- The case study, with five sections (Symptoms, Diagnosis, Cure, Timeline, and Prevention). Each section should be about a page in length. Your entire paper must be 4-5 pages in length not counting the title or reference pages, which must be included. Your paper must follow the CSU Global Writing Center (Links to an external site.)
- In the Symptoms section, describe the public-health issue that you have observed in your community. What “symptoms” does it exhibit? Think about whom it affects, where it affects them, and how (Refer back to module 5 CT 1).
- In the Diagnosis section, discuss the causes of the issue, and give examples of other communities that have suffered the same problem. How did those communities solve or attempt to address the issue?
- In the Cure section, discuss possible options for a cure for this public-health issue. How can you get rid of it, or reduce its occurrence in your community?
- In the prevention section, discuss possible options for prevention of the public-health issue that you have selected. How can you reduce the chance of people being impacted by your issue in the future?
- In the Timeline section, discuss the time needed for campaigning, education, funding, building, and implementation.
- You must back up your sections using at least two scholarly articles. You may use readings other than the textbook to meet this requirement. The paper should be based on references to scholarly materials (rather than on introductory textbooks, popular website writings, or musings, for example) and should support your claims with evidence.
- Incorporate into this final plan any classmates’ critiques that you found useful as well as your instructor’s feedback. The key community members or partners that you plan on contacting, with an explanation why these individuals or organizations make sense as potential partners. This could include partners from your list of potential partners created in week 4 Critical Thinking Assignment Option #1, or your interview of one key partner completed in week 4 Critical Thinking Option #2. Incorporate them into a discussion of your plan, do not just list them.
- A special emphasis on either the demographics of the affected population or the economic implications, depending on what Critical Thinking assignment you completed for week 5.
- A realistic timeline for your plan. Discuss the time needed for campaigning, education, funding, building, and implementation. Use ideas created during week 6 Critical Thinking Assignments, either the option for annotated bibliography or that for the brainstorming draft feedback.
Final Instructions for the Handout:
- The handout that you will distribute to audience members describes the problem in your community and your action plan.
- You may design this as an outline of your presentation or as a brochure to accompany your presentation with highlighted key points.
- The purpose of this handout is both to educate the audience about the issue and to help them follow along with you as you speak. Keep in mind that in real life you will have limited time to convince people of the gravity of the situation a