Investigations in Community Health

For more information please also view the UW Medicine page on Independent Investigative Inquiry

Preparation Week: What Is Community Health?

  1. Complete Online Orientation
  2. Read Articles and Answer Questions:
    1. US Health in International Perspective - Shorter Lives, Poorer Health. Summary, IoM, (2013)
    2. Improving Health Through Community Organization and Community Building (2012)
  3. Demographic Analysis: Research your RUOP community demographics including epidemiologic data for each of the nine health domains described in the IoM reading

Field Week 1: How Do I Explore and Assess My Community?

  1. Walk Around Survey: Take a walk in your RUOP community and assess the built environment. 
  2. Submit Two Weekly Journal Entries:  Write two reflective journal entries on the subject of your choice.

Field Week 2: How Do I Choose a Community Health Issue to Investigate?

  1. Select a Health Domain: Use your demographic analysis, community conversations and observations in clinic to choose an IoM health domain that reflects a problem in your RUOP community.
  2. Consider Community Intervention Ideas: Begin looking at the literature to see how other communities are addressing this issue.
  3. Call RUOP Mentor: Discuss your health domain focus with your iii-3 faculty mentor; discuss whether you plan to implement a small test project.
  4. Two Weekly Journal Entries:  Write two reflective journal entries on the subject of your choice.

Field Week 3: How Can I Apply Evidence Based Practices to This Community Health Issue?

  1. Submit an Annotated Literature Review: Review five current, evidenced-based articles that offer examples of local intervention models.
  2. Begin the Community Health Plan Summary:  Include an intervention idea, goals, implementation and evaluation strategies. You will gather feedback about your plan from potential partner organizations and members of your target population
  3. Two Weekly Journal Entries:  Write two reflective journal entries on the subject of your choice.
  4. If also implementing a small test project, submit summary on Catalyst

Field Week 4: What Have I Learned About Planning a Community Health Project?

  1. Submit Community Health Plan Summary
  2. Thank Community Participants
  3. Two Weekly Journal Entries:  Write two reflective journal entries on the subject of your choice.

Summary Week: How Do I Tell Others About My Community Experience?

  1. Write an abstract: Include A. Purpose: State purpose of the Community Health Plan. B. Background: Describe the local health issue. C. Methods:  Summarize literature review; List community interviews D. Results: Describe major activities in your community health plan; Summarize feedback from community partners and stakeholders about your plan (include pilot activities if applicable) E. Discussion:  Reflect on successes, lessons learned, limitations, and future ideas
  2. Create Poster: Content should align with abstract categories.