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Ontario Public Health PractionersMujer Sana/Comunidad Sana project: Achievements at one system level depend on success at other system levels

In the Mujer Sana/Comunidad Sana project it was anticipated that some of the goals could not be achieved unless others had been successfully accomplished during an earlier project phase. For example, outreach activities to Hispanic women, including education about services and the importance of preventive screening, was intended to increase visits to the health centre. In another example, lay health promoters needed to successfully complete a training course — which increased their skills — before teaching other women about the importance of breast and cervical screening — which increased the likelihood of getting screened. Evaluations had to be sequenced too. The lay health promoter training had to be evaluated before the outreach activities were.

And, of course, there are always evaluation data collection issues to consider when involving multiple partners and multiple data sources.

Mujer Sana/Comunidad Sana project: Data collected by other organizations

The project team had problems getting baseline data for the project. Although intake data was routinely collected at the community health centre and entered into a database for all Ontario community health centres, individual centres did not have access to it. As well, certain details needed for the program, such as ethnicity, place of birth and mother tongue, were not consistently collected by two of the key organizations involved: the community health centre and the breast-screening program. As a result, client intake forms needed to be revised, which took a lengthy approval process by two organizations.

Mujer Sana/Comunidad Sana Project: Data Collected Over Time

The team on the Mujer Sana/Comunidad Sana project gathered process baseline data to assess the level of partnership. They used the capacity building model stages (Moyer et al., 1999). How the partnership was developing was assessed at intervals throughout the project and again at the end. Refer to Healthy Women – Healthy Communities, 2003.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2009 07:56