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. I suspect that many programs that have failed to meet targeted outcomes may have been missing this.
Health is a dynamic individual, group, community and population phenomenon that encompasses explicit and implicit meanings that heavily influence what is considered to be a health problem. In order to be truly effective, health-oriented programs need to be able to flow across these gradations and incorporate these values.
Lupine Creative Consulting, Inc. uses various methods and strategies during the planning phase of health-oriented program development drawn from a number of theoretical frameworks and processes from across the helping professions. The result is a health-oriented program specific to your organization that will address the unique needs and values of the community you serve.