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PH 159 / 272: Community Health Problems & Needs

Strategies for finding info on community health problems and needs. Program planning and evaluation resources.

California Health Agencies

Example of Local and non-local programs

Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC)

 The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Mobile WIC clinic in Washington, DC

Scholarly Articles

Here are two health education journals to browse and  find programs to review and/or replicate in your program plan:

For specific programs you can search the databases PubMed (public health articles) and Social Services Abstracts (social services articles) for scholarly articles on existing programs, including planning, implementation and evaluation.  Start by being specific in your search, for example: 

community health planning AND prenatal care AND california 

Go broader or narrower with your search terms, depending on what you find.

Here's the title of an article from the search, above; it's in The Journal of Women's Health: 

Integrating preconception health into public health practice: a tale of three cities.