You will develop a proposed public health nursing intervention to meet an identified need and/ or gap in your own community.  This must be within the scope of the staff level public health/ community health nurse.  (Note: you cannot propose building facilities or purchasing a mobile health van).  The intervention should demonstrate your application of previous learning in the program related to process improvement and evidence based nursing practice.  Quality peer reviewed references are required to support the need as well as the structure, elements, and evaluation of the intervention. Focus on your own local community.  You will use resources found in CANVAS, FSW library, and the web to develop this project.  Note that census and other epidemiological data is not available down to zip codes or census tracts in Florida- only by county and/ or city & state. Collect relevant data about your community covering the required areas in the survey tool. References are required to support the data.  The final part of the Survey is your summary of the identified gap/ need that will be the focus of a targeted public health nursing intervention in your Community Assessment Project.   The Data Assessment Form is in Course Resources in Modules.  The form is a tool to assist you collect your data and information. Utilize the resources and web sites located in Course Resources in Canvas.  In addition, Community Health Assessments are usually published by your county and/ city with relevant information.  The data is usually based on county and/ city information.  You can also look at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation information on public health issues that may be applicable to your area.  Many resources are provided in Course Resources as a starting point for your data collection.  DO NOT Submit the tool… this is a paper.

Title: Proposal for a Public Health Nursing Intervention in [Community]

Introduction:
Public health nursing interventions play a crucial role in addressing local healthcare needs and improving population health outcomes. Through evidence-based practice and process improvement strategies, public health nurses can design interventions that effectively address the identified gaps and needs within their communities. This assignment aims to develop a proposed public health nursing intervention in [Community], focusing on a specific gap identified through a comprehensive community assessment. This intervention will be within the scope of staff-level public health/community health nursing, excluding the establishment of facilities or purchase of a mobile health van. The proposal will incorporate relevant data collected from local sources, peer-reviewed references, and existing community health assessments.

Community Assessment:
Conducting a thorough assessment of the [Community] is essential for identifying the specific needs and gaps requiring intervention. The data collection process includes reviewing relevant census and epidemiological data, accessing community health assessments published by local authorities, and utilizing resources from the Course Resources in Canvas and the FSW library. Although Florida’s census data may not be available at the zip code or census tract level, information by county and city/state can still provide valuable insights into the health status and unique challenges faced by the population. By combining primary data sources and secondary resources, a comprehensive understanding of the community’s health profile can be developed.

Identification of the Gap/Need:
Based on the data collected, a gap or need should be identified that aligns with the scope of a staff-level public health/community health nurse. This gap may involve an unaddressed health issue, a target population with limited access to healthcare services, or a lack of health promotion initiatives within the community. It is crucial to support the identified gap/need with reputable references and data to substantiate the importance of the intervention in addressing local health disparities.

Proposed Intervention:

Title: Enhancing Access to Mental Health Services for Underserved Adolescents in [Community]

Objective: The proposed intervention aims to improve access to mental health services for underserved adolescents aged 12-18 years in [Community]. By implementing a school-based mental health program, this intervention will strive to reduce barriers to mental health care and promote early identification and intervention for mental health issues among this vulnerable population.

Structure and Elements of the Intervention:

1. Collaborative Partnerships: Forge partnerships with local schools, mental health organizations, and community stakeholders to establish a comprehensive school-based mental health program. Engage key stakeholders in planning, implementing, and evaluating the intervention.

2. Needs Assessment: Conduct a comprehensive needs assessment to gain insights into the mental health needs, existing services, and barriers faced by adolescents in [Community]. This assessment will inform the development and customization of the intervention.

3. Comprehensive Mental Health Services: Ensure the provision of comprehensive mental health services within the school setting. These services may include individual counseling, group therapy, psycho-educational workshops, and referrals for specialized care.

4. Training and Capacity-Building: Provide training and capacity-building opportunities for school staff members, including teachers, counselors, and administrators, to enhance their understanding and skills in recognizing and addressing mental health concerns among adolescents.

5. Early Identification and Intervention: Implement a proactive screening tool to identify students at risk of mental health issues promptly. Develop protocols for intervention and referral to appropriate mental health services based on the screening results.

6. Health Promotion and Education: Develop and implement evidence-based mental health promotion programs within schools. These programs can focus on stress management, emotional resilience, and positive coping strategies.

7. Follow-up and Monitoring: Establish a system for monitoring the progress and outcomes of the intervention. Regularly evaluate the quality and effectiveness of the mental health services provided to ensure optimal outcomes.

Evaluation of the Intervention:
To evaluate the success of the proposed intervention, both process and outcome evaluation measures will be utilized. Process evaluation will assess the implementation fidelity, reach, and acceptability of the program, while outcome evaluation will focus on changes in mental health outcomes, reduction in barriers to access, and improvements in overall well-being among the target population. The evaluation process will employ both qualitative and quantitative methods, including surveys, interviews, and pre- and post-intervention assessments.

Conclusion:
This proposed public health nursing intervention seeks to address the identified gap in mental health services for underserved adolescents in [Community]. By implementing a school-based mental health program, this intervention aims to improve access to mental health care and promote early identification and intervention. The intervention is designed based on evidence-based practices, process improvement strategies, and the unique needs of the local community. Through the use of comprehensive needs assessments, collaborative partnerships, and ongoing evaluation, the proposed intervention has the potential to make a significant positive impact on the mental health outcomes of underserved adolescents in [Community].