Planning My First Community Program

I’m starting to see what I love to do- planning health promotion programs.

I love the thrill of getting to know what people want (needs assessment), combine it with what is needed (data reports) and use creativity to pull it all together. I’ve just learned about logic models in Evaluation class. It’s really organizing my thoughts. Planning and organizing the programs are like a natural energy rush. You get surprised and excited about ideas. You get disappointed by various things that don’t go as planned. Still, you can only hope for the best.

Right now, I have to keep reminding myself that I have tons of homework due as I plan for a program for my church. I really, really want this event to make some sort of impact on our target audience. It’s a program for World AIDS Day 2011. It will be held in less than two weeks at my church in Jacksonville. The main portion is a talent show. I’m trying to recruit sponsors for the event, mainly Domino’s. I wanted people to test everyone for HIV. Yet, it’s too late to get the equipment in. Unless…. maybe there is a way. If not, the program will simply be an awareness program. I just hope that it’s a blast. This will be my FIRST community program.

I created a poster that would be used on Facebook, Twitter and these blogs. I just need to create flyers to pass out to the neighborhoods. I created a blog for the church’s events. So, that’s up and running now. I also incorporated text messages into the advertising. I plan to create a video for the event as well as a Facebook event page.

HIV/AIDS is a global epidemic but this event is going to be epic =)