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ERIC Number: ED315249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 7
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Meeting Needs with Scarce Resources: Community Network Building for Low-Incidence Conditions.
Kahn, Judith A.; Larson, Georgianna
In October 1983 Pathfinder, an organization in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was awarded a federal grant to develop a community network model serving children with chronic health conditions and their families. This document describes the model, demonstrated at four sites in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The model is based on four key assumptions: (1) children with chronic health conditions and their families face a common set of problems, regardless of the specific disability; (2) services for these families can be improved by enhancing cooperation among existing health, education, and community programs, rather than by creating new ones; (3) community network building can be best facilitated if the network is initiated at the community level; and (4) community network building for these children and their families will be most effective if the parents are involved in the planning and development of the network. Phase one of the program involves formation of a local task force, catalyzed by the common perception of problems and a shared need to find solutions. The second phase is to determine needs of and resources for children with chronic health conditions. Phase three is the development and implementation of an action plan, setting goals and priorities before planning appropriate strategies. Such strategies include interagency cooperation, parent group development, educational programs, and resource development. The fourth phase is evaluation of the network. Successful collaboration is based on cooperative working relationships between individuals and agencies, a formal needs identification process, leadership development, and realistic funding. (TES)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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