Featured Question for week of August 14, 2000:
As a concerned parent and health educator, what are some community
interventions/actions that I can recommend to a parent group?
The most important thing to remember here is to get “buy in”
from the participants. So the best approach is to let them tell
you what’s bothering them – what they’d like to change. Your
job is to get them to start talking about how things are now
and how they’d like them to be. Then help them break the ultimate
goal into manageable objectives.
For instance, if a group of sixth-grade parents is concerned
about their kids just “hanging out” after school, ask if a well-managed
and supervised after-school program might be the answer. If
so, meet with the principal and invite her to the next meeting.
The principal will know of programs that may be available through
the school system or where else to go in the community for resources.
He will need to know how committed the parents are to obtaining
such a program. Can they pay a fee? Will they volunteer to help?
Would they provide snacks?
Parents can use their own networks and contacts to enhance the
neighborhood for all the children who live there. They are usually
more than willing to do this if they know they aren’t the only
one doing the work. Best of luck!
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