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Section 9. Community Action Guide: Framework for Addressing Community Goals and Problems

___You understand what action planning is.

___You understand why action planning is important, and how it can help your community address a health issue or problem.

___You have reviewed the eight broad components of an action plan.

___You have guidelines for facilitating group meetings, including: resolving conflict, offering encouragement, consensus building, and leading brainstorming sessions.

___You understand how to draft clear and effective vision, mission, objective, and strategy statements.

___You have reviewed guidelines for developing, categorizing, and prioritizing strategies within the context of your community.

___You have reviewed guidelines for developing action steps that address the “what”, “who”, “when”, “resources”, and “communication” aspects of action plan activities.

___You understand the importance and relevance of evaluation within the action planning process.

___You understand why it is important to view your community planning group’s role as that of a “catalyst for change” versus a means of creating the ‘perfect program’, and that small wins should be acknowledged and celebrated.

___You understand that the action planning process is a “blue print for action” that is ever changing, and therefore requires maintenance of collaborative working relationships via communication, feedback, and action plan renewal over time.

Sarah Plau