Lupine will work with your organization to plan and develop new programs or improve existing services.
We will partner with you to determine your target population and how to engage your community, identify desired outcomes and conduct a cost-benefit analysis. We will also help to identify potential negative outcomes and strategies to avoid them.
Throughout the process, we will facilitate workforce development for organizational support, high quality service delivery and long-term engagement. We believe that fostering discovery, empowerment and accountability in team members promotes a healthy and thriving professional environment and commitment to the vision and mission of your organization.
We work with our clients to determine the relationship that their programs and services have with all aspects of health specific to the communities they are serving.
Lupine will collaborate with you to develop a tailored program evaluation plan to include examination of your program’s implementation activities and protocols, impact, accountability and cost-effectiveness.
We will analyze data collected through qualitative methods and specific measurement tools and provide you with and interpretation of findings and recommendations.
We will help your business or organization develop new programs and services, or improve existing programs and services to meet the specific health needs of the community you serve while supporting organizational and workforce sustainability.
We integrate a qualitative research approach into other evidence-based frameworks to understand the health-related needs, perceptions and behaviors of individuals, families and groups as they relate to available programs, services and resources in the community.
This personalized approach enhances communication and strengthens the relationship between organizations and the communities supporting them.
In addition to structured, widely established planning, evaluation and policy development frameworks such as RE-AIM and the CDC Framework for Program Evaluation, we use ethnographic, participatory action research methods to gain insight into the unique attributes, perceptions and values that are most prominent among your community and organizational cul...
Most people think of local health departments when considering public and community health status. While local health departments do have a responsibility to protect and promote health and to prevent disease and injury to members of the community, I see this responsibility as one that every agency, organization, service provider and community-based group shares.
Public health services focus on improving the health of the population, local public health services concentrate on community health by supporting and partnering with health care providers. That is from the traditional public health perspective. An expanded perspective of health and health promoting services extend to community resources that may not be directly health-related but contribute to the physical, social, financial and environmental wellbeing of the community and its members.
The World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not only the absence of disease or...
Accreditation is the act of granting credit or acknowledgment to an institution that meets essential requirements and maintains a quality standard established by a recognized entity.
For governmental public health organizations, accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board conveys that the standard expectations for improving and protecting the health of the public and advancing the quality and performance of public health service are being met.
Maintaining the standards set for accreditation stimulates quality and performance improvement opportunities for members of organizations, helps organization leaders to identify agency strengths and weaknesses and provides a framework for documentation of the department’s capacity to deliver the core functions and essential services for public health. Accreditation also promotes greater accountability and improves management processes.
The staff at lupine Creative Consulting are familiar with the accreditation process from pre-application...
Individuals and communities are dynamic so the resources and services available need to be able to meet the existing as well as the changing needs. Community service programs in any specialty can better meet the needs of communities by building on organizational strengths and mediating features that may be falling short.
Just as individual self-awareness can allow more effective decision-making and more intuitive responses to life stressors, “organizational self-awareness” promotes accurate evaluation of how well programs and services are meeting intended needs.
Gaining “organizational self-awareness” can be achieved with a SWOT analysis. The acronym stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. The purpose of a SWOT analysis is to explore the internal and external factors that influence the work, progress and effectiveness of community service programs. A structured exploration of these domains can reveal positive forces that work together and actual as well as potential...
There are different reasons for evaluating health-oriented programs. Program evaluations may be mandated for funding or accreditation or voluntary for revision, improvement or future planning of subsequent programs. There are also different types of health-oriented program evaluation and uses for findings obtained from them.
Process evaluation begins when the program starts. The focus of this kind of evaluation is primarily on the degree to which the program has been implemented as planned. Knowledge gained from process evaluation can be used to revise or improve the program with regard efficiency and sustainability of execution.
Effect evaluation is also referred to as outcome evaluation. This type of evaluation is used to determine the effect of a program on community members who are participating in it. Effect evaluation answers the question of whether or not the program made a difference and uses the most rigorous designs, methods and statistics available. Findings from an effect eva...
Health-oriented program development begins with the intentional effort to design and create something to achieve desired outcomes. Careful planning is necessary for a program to have the best chance at success demonstrated as effective with the least possible use of resources.
Community health can only be achieved when the physical, mental and social wellbeing of individuals and families within the community are integrated and supported so that optimal functioning is possible.
Health-oriented programs can provide services, information and access to resources promote community health and facilitate positive outcomes. A primary focus for developing such programs is ensure that individuals, groups and families in a community are able to receive services, information and access to resources in a way that is meaningful to them.
A mentor of mine once likened this concept to a marketing term that seems obvious and simple. Sell the people what they want to buy and not what you want to sell them....
Health outcomes describe the impact that healthcare activities and interventions have on people. Ideally, health outcomes reflect patient symptoms and how they affect all areas of function, healthcare costs and the overall status of a disease or condition.
There are individual and population health outcomes and they are measured in a variety of ways. The focus is not what is actually done, but rather the results that an intervention has on the health of individuals, communities and populations.
The patient experience is central to the interpretation of any health outcome measure. It doesn’t matter much if a condition is improving or overall costs are decreased if those aren’t meaningful to the patient. Unless we prioritize what matters to people, even the most positive outcomes won’t be sustainable.
Positive experiences with healthcare leads to positive outcomes for the patient, families, communities and healthcare provider organizations. Communication is essential for positive health out...
Professional writing for health and social services involves many considerations. It can be helpful to hire an outside consultant who can approach the topic with a fresh, objective viewpoint.
A healthcare practice may want to publish a brochure or create patient education material. An organization may need to develop staff education modules to ensure that regulations are being followed for quality assurance. Newsletters can keep consumers engaged and informed about products and services that can improve their health and quality of life.
Any writing aimed at reaching your clients’ needs to reflect you, your organization and the people who are a part of it. In order to achieve that, it’s essential to take the time to prepare for a project in a way that is personal and tailored to your business and your intended audience.
I use, as with almost all of my professional work, the nursing process.
Lupine Creative Consulting, Inc. will meet with you to gather info about your topic, your practice or...