methods that have already been successful within the organization, this process can benefit by expanding on those methods, instead of starting from scratch. The second CBPR principle selected to use is: finding and achieving a balance between research and action that mutually benefits all involved (science and community). Our group will use this principle by connecting with lawmakers and showing them the evidence from other states and countries that have already mandated these changes. The group will provide facts on what has worked and what has not worked with their proposed policy changes and will provide data in the form of evidenced based facts, as well as personal testimonies on how these actions will benefit the community. This principle applies to the evaluation plan because this will be a vital step in gathering information/facts/data on whether or not the policy is successful. The goal is to provide both scientific data and personal testimony on how paid parental leave can impact families and corporations across the country. By gathering both scientific data and personal testimony through research and surveys administered to employed families who utilize paid leave options, this will provide a balanced look at the success of the proposed policy change. The third CBPR principle selected to use is: sharing any knowledge obtained from the CBPR project to all involved partners. Our group will use this principle by maintaining a sense of openness, transparency and honesty with all stakeholders and involved members. Transparency fosters a sense of trust, and encourages open communication among all involved.
POLICY, POLITICS, AND GLOBAL HEALTH TRENDS 31 By sharing any and all knowledge garnered through this project, it will provide opportunities to improve, as well as successes to celebrate. This principle applies to the evaluation plan because it can serve as checks and balances for the policy change process. As previously mentioned, by being transparent and providing all knowledge obtained in this process, it promotes a sense of trust and allows for honest discussions and opportunities to improve, as well as evaluates the successes once the bill has been passed into law. To evaluate the success of universal paid parental leave from a bottom-up approach, can be determined by medical costs associated with postpartum readmissions – specific to behavioral health concerns such as postpartum depression and anxiety, reported rates of exclusive and extended breastfeeding (on local and national levels), employer reports of turnover rates and job satisfaction scores. This information can be obtained through public health data, as well as formalized surveys sent to individuals who utilize the benefit. Surveys can be offered to employed families upon hospital discharge across the states, and re-issued at 4 weeks, 6 weeks or even 6 months postpartum (and comparably to those families who adopt and/or foster) to evaluate their overall well-being, opinions of the paid leave options, and utilization rates of those leave options.
- Spring '19
- Leave, parental leave, GLOBAL HEALTH TRENDS