Descriptionof the Proposed Program
Heart disease remains to be a fundamental concern considering theadverse effects it has on the individuals affected. The detrimentaleffects associated with the condition has led to the development of aproposal on how to deal with the issue. The program will focus oncreating a mechanism through which individuals affected by thecondition can get access to health care to help address thesituation. The proposal will take into account measures such asaccessibility to medications, increase awareness on the condition andencouragement of individuals to lead a healthy lifestyle based andavoid the detrimental effects associated with the condition. Theprogram is community-based and focuses on the population that is mostaffected that is the elderly aged 65 years and above. A frameworkwill be established in the community that seeks to create an avenuethrough which the individuals can access information on the bestprevention measures against the condition as established by theAmerican Heart Association (Wenger, 2011)
Description of Proposed
The pilot program will focus on the establishment of an outreachprogram that will educate the people on the best way to deal withheart disease. A facility will be established at the community centerwhere most people are at risk of suffering from the condition areliving. The facility will be a town hall provided with the help ofthe officials at the local authority. The facility will be equippedwith learning materials and furnished to accommodate the number ofindividuals who will be coming to gain knowledge from the venture.The awareness education will be conducted three days a week, Monday,Wednesday, and Friday. The awareness will be done in the evening from5 pm to 7 pm. It will be an activity that will focus on informing theelderly people regarding the various issues related to heart diseasesince they are the most affected (Carroll, & Miller, 2013).Further, arrangements will be made for special treatment throughaccess to medicine and other interventions.
Description of the Small Scale Program
The program will enroll thirty people aged 65 years and above. Thecriteria for selection will be a previous medical history of heartdisease. They will be given the learning materials and expected totake part in the learning activities that will be based at thecommunity town hall. Medical practitioners with a specialty incardiology will be expected to undertake the training with help fromthe community health center. They will be meeting the selectedindividuals on the identified days that is Monday, Wednesday andFriday from 5 pm to 7 pm. However, the cardiologists will be briefingthe health officials before the meeting on what to be discussed aboutand the aspects of learning. Further, the discussion should alsorevolve around identification of risk factors for heart disease,prevention, nutrition, medication and where to get help(Bhupathiraju, & Tucker, 2011). The individuals will have anopportunity to ask questions and for those already affected theywill be informed on where they can get help. The program will run fora duration of one month that will be followed by an assessment of itsimpact on those selected. Findings will form the basis of enrollmentof the proposal to a final project that will recruit the entirecommunity.
Description of Participants, Staff, Volunteers, and Organizationsthat will be involved
The program will recruit a total of thirty people from the localcommunity aged sixty-five years and above. Considerations will bemade for individuals who have previously suffered from the conditionor have at least encountered the problem. The local community memberswill observe the program as it is enrolled and their opinion will besought after a defined duration of time. The staff who will take partin the activity are healthcare professionals from within thecommunity medical center. However, the program will request thepresence of heart specialists from other hospitals. They will beexpected to provide insight into the issue and educate not only thechosen members but the health practitioners from the local community.Identifying the role of officials from the local authority isessential. They will be required to provide facilities including thetown hall where the educational training will be taking place.Further, they will provide the necessary approvals for the venture.
Evaluation of the for Improvement
The success of the program can only be ascertained through thedevelopment of an evaluation program. The evaluation will beinstrumental in helping identify the effectiveness of the program andits ability to help achieve the objectives that had earlier beenidentified. For example, the six sigma approach will be used inconducting the evaluation to determine whether the program is runningas expected and can achieve the goals for which it was meant. The sixsigma will provide a tool that will help in the determination of howthe program is progressing through the process map, capabilityanalysis, and the Pareto chart (Pyzdek & Keller, 2014). Forexample, the capability analysis will assist in the determination ofthe fact that the process can meet the individual specifications ashighlighted in the objectives. Further, the six sigma will beinstrumental in helping analyze the entire program and identifysections such as variations, or poor performance and the rationalebehind the same. Through the same, it would be possible to identifysections where the project is doing well or failing. Further, itwould be essential to determine the overall performance by the use ofa control plan that documents what will be needed by the project toensure there is continued improvement in the entire venture. Theadoption of the tool will be instrumental in helping evaluate thefeasibility of the program and ascertain the possibility of scalingit to a final project that would help a larger group of individualsin the community.
The evaluation process will equally incorporate the use of interviewsto determine the effectiveness of the program in helping deal withthe problem of heart disease. The first batch of the participants ofthe interview will be asked to give their opinion on the program andhighlight their experience on the same. The feedback provided by theparticipants of the program and the community as a whole isinstrumental in highlighting the viability of the program in ensuringthat the identified objectives are met.
Description of Health Care and Non-governmental Organizations
Health care organizations have been instrumental in helping achievethe initiative of the program. The organization has provided counselregarding heart disease and continues to provide services such astreatment and response to emergency cases. The health careorganizations have been instrumental in helping come up with a planthat can address the problem. The non-governmental organizations haveassisted in the awareness campaign and have provided the materialsupport to help in the achievement of the identified goals.
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