The Community Action Plan: Written Report and Slide Presentation
Community Action Plan for Colorado Colleges
Upon conducting of thorough research on the lifestyles of the college students in multiple colleges in Colorado United States of America, the results indicated health issues that require an address. The research done in the following sample universities suggests common health problems. Input data gathered from the colleges using systematic studies and data collection technique, identified the following as the key health-related problems affecting the colleges in Colorado.
: Drugs and alcohol use
: Irresponsible Sexual Behaviors
: Minimal exercising
The aim of these report is to discuss the length and extend into which the above-indicated problems have infiltrated into the lives of the college students. The understanding of the extent of the health problems will also serve to help in understanding their roots and thence be in a position to foster lasting solution. This report is also out to seek the lasting solution and strategies to the problems named above. The best way to achieve this is by the creation of an active partnership among the stakeholders in the community. This report will serve to identify evidence-based strategies to improve and change to the better the identified situations.
This report of the community health plan will also become a fundamental documentation in any health plans in Colorado community and Colorado colleges. The colleges in Colorado are integral to the community around, and their activities influence the Colorado work and residential place. This report focused on shifting the health policies from the public and the organizations hands and authority to the command of the group it immediately affects.
Health Strategic Precedence
The assessment report of the health concerns in Colorado colleges triggered the Colorado community at large to be an active participant in ensuring healthy lifestyle in colleges in the state. The key parts of the problems prioritized as indicated in the report. Identification of the strategic issues and the strategic plan that will enable curbing or reducing the health menace above is by an exploration of the convergence of factors and aspects that affects the achievement of the purpose the report.
Drugs and Alcohol use
Alcohol and drug use are in this report selected as the top priority focus area. The colleges in Colorado have the high trend of alcohol and drug use. The below indicated statistics is a clear indication that it is an issue documented and hence in need of address.
1. Drug-induced mortality rate in Colorado stands higher than the national rate average2. Over 200 on-campus drug arrests3. 5.5 % total admissions in the Colorado rehabs are the addicts of cocaine, and it remains the second most used drug in Colorado after alcohol4. 12.7 percent of addict’s access in Colorado is users of the heroine, suggested to have opted for heroin from opioids due to its availability and cost.5. 33 percent of reportable drugs related deaths in Colorado
6. Marijuana counts 19 to 20 percent of the drug-related discharges in Colorado and Denver areas
7. 80 percent of the drug cases linked to colleges within Colorado8. Out of every five colleges, male student 4 has used drugs to the intoxication level9. Out of every five-college girls, 3 have used any form of drug to intoxication level
Irresponsible Sexual Behaviors
To the young generation sex has always been an adventure, and when they get to college, everyone has the quest to unravel the experience; it involves all forms of sexual behaviors. This search throws them to sexual irresponsibility risking their health and education. In Colorado, the statistics have raised a major concern.
1. Prevalence of unprotected sex in colleges where out of 100 interviewed students 80 admits having engaged in unprotected sex at once in their college life
2. 70 % of irresponsible sexual behaviors are associated with alcohol and drug abuse
3. Female students in Colorado are the group who instigates majority of the irresponsible sexual behavior
4. 50 % of the teenagers in the Colorado colleges have more than two sexual partners a year.
5. The casual or hook up sex is common in college with 6 out of ten surveyed students embracing the “no strings attached” hook ups.
6. Unwanted pregnancies and college pregnancies have shot up by 5.4% in colleges around Colorado
7. Hypersexualization in Colorado is higher than on national average standing at age of 9yrs
8. Colleges are a place to try it all to the enrolled students before stepping out to the real world, these that have led to a free atmosphere made of immorality.
It is evident that regular activities and exercise boosts psychological and physiological health. Despite this, epidemiology evidence shows that physical activities among students decline from high school to colleges by an approximate of 25% (Brudzynksi & Ebben 2008). In the colleges within Colorado, the statistics indicate minimal exercises.
1. Only 35% of the students in the college around getting involved in regular physical activities, this is the percent of moderate exercise in high schools.
2. Only 20% of the students around participate in moderate regular exercises
3. 50% of the students graduating from the colleges report a high cut on their physical activity when they graduate out of college (Ferrara 2009)
4. 60% of females lose their interest to physical activities entirely when they get to colleges.
THE KEY DIRECTIONS AND STRATEGIES
The following pages comprises of the policies and the key measures to affect the above-listed focus areas of health concern among colleges in Colorado. The strategies are separately categorized for the various focus areas.
Drugs and alcohol use
The strengthening and working in conjunction with PDMPs (Prescription Drug Monitoring Programme). This state lobby group tracks controlled substances and drug use and detects drugs diversion.
Teaching the prevention of drug use in schools, because it is at school where the problem has the chances of coming out at early stages.
Developing after-school programs that reach out the youths after school, at the periods when they are most vulnerable to juvenile delinquencies.
Helping the risky and vulnerable groups, that can be influenced by the drug menace. These groups include children of drug users, pregnant teens and kids with juvenile records
Irresponsible sexual behaviors
Young people in colleges to be part of the development and the review of the strategies rose to address irresponsible sexual behaviors.
There has to be developed strategies that boost the link between the local campaigns and the national objectives of irresponsible sexual practices.
Owing the fact those most sexual misdemeanors highly correlates with drug use; the colleges in Colorado should tighten their policies on drug use within the campus.
Parents to Colorado students need to play their part straight, by enlightening their young teens on the sexual behavior.
The colleges will have to provide facilities and motivations for students to engage activities to address the drop in the rate of activity upon stepping on campus.
There be established a requirement for colleges to invest and adopt a standard physical education tutored by accredited and certified teachers.
The colleges in Colorado should adopt policies that will have the students motivated to and take part in 150 minutes of rigorous physical exercise per week.
The universities should create and foster healthy eating and ensure food in colleges meets the USDA guidelines. This is to address the fact that some students cited that the college diet was not good enough, for someone being involved in any rigorous activities.
Colorado colleges should increase the sports participation in the colleges; this is because competition in the sport and the recognition are critical factors that motivate college students to participate in sports and physical activities.
This action plan to Colorado community opted for the three highly prioritized community issues. The issues addressed in this report are concerning what the community regarded as evidence-based and most pronounced college problems.
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