Half of page per response to my peers, with references, use first person, thank you. Discussion attached.
Respond in one or more of the following ways:
1)Ask a probing question, substantiated with additional background information, evidence, or research using an in-text citation in APA format.
2)Share an insight from having read your colleagues’ postings, synthesizing the information to provide new perspectives.
3)Validate an idea with your own experience and additional research.
4)Expand on your colleagues’ postings by providing additional insights or contrasting perspectives based on readings and evidence.
Evaluation of Organization’s use of EBP
At one organization where I work on weekends (Health Department), EBP is very important when evaluating policies and procedures and meeting projected goals. Health Horizons is a prevention program funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and contracted through the Department of Health State Services (DHSS). This program is targeted to prevent Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and sexually transmitted infections (STI) in higher risk populations.
A very vital part of this EBP is to identify the higher risk populations and identify a gatekeeper within that population as a leader. The leader is educated and delegated to organize a group within the selected population for what we now call an education extravaganza. This extravaganza is somewhat a party. The participants is served a meal, play fun educational games, receive a $25.00 Walmart gift card for participation and they are offered free HIV and syphilis testing. Providing such incentives furthers this organizational culture and policies.
The leader of the group work closely with the organization’s team members to identify the high risk activities, develop a risk reduction plan, evaluate the plan and document their findings. If the outcomes are proven to be reduction in high risk activities, the outcomes are implemented in the annual renewal of proposal plans and monitored by DHSS for funding purposes. By identifying a gatekeeper for the group activities, the group members are more trusting and staff is able to build a rapport with the members to elicit honest information that assist with identifying the high risk activities.
Comments or questions are welcome.