Mobilizing Communities Through Engagement
The chosen community in Kenosha County in the southeast part of the state of Wisconsin. The community has a population of 168,521 in 2017 with a larger proportion of this being aged below 65 years. A key health concern for the county is the high smoking prevalence rates that stand at 35%. Other than health education on the negative impacts of smoking on the general population, the community needs to understand the importance of healthy living in terms of nutrition, physical activity and visiting health care facilities for general check-up.
Some of the strategies that would best engage the population of Kenosha County in building a healthy community environment include community involvement, forming partnerships with different sectors and agencies, and asset-based community development. To engage the population in building a healthy community, it will be necessary to involve the community by seeking their opinion and allowing them to participate in making decisions about their wellbeing and healthy living (DeSouza, Aguilar & DeCastro, 2013). Community involvement will encourage community members to interact with each other and share about community needs and resources needed to facilitate healthy living.
Another strategy would be forming partnerships with different sectors, including local government, the local business community, schools, and other community services to encourage healthy living across all levels. All these sectors should have a social pact that will enable them to jointly carry out health promotion actions like health education and advocacy, development of parks, and making healthy food available. The asset-based community development strategy involves focusing on the strengths, skills, and capabilities of individuals to enable community members to develop their own solutions to the community health needs (DeSouza, Aguilar & DeCastro, 2013).