Possible Roles and Responsibilities of the Georgia Commission on Women Commissioners The Commissioners hold various roles in the Georgia community that would prove beneficial to this initiative. One of them is a regional director over 13 states for a large insurance company. Her expertise in medical policies and politics and her connections within the corporate Page 19
Policy, Politics, and Global Health world will be helpful in solving many potential problems, especially in working with physicians and hospitals. There are also a couple of commissioners who are Senate and House lobbyists. These women would have direct access to legislators, but also would have the capacity and literacy to work with them in effective ways and teach the others and volunteers how to take appropriate action. There is another commissioner who owns a large marketing firm and she could work with getting the message out in time, cost effective and powerful ways. Discussion of Key Elements of Developing a Collaborative Evaluation Plan Developing a collaborative evaluation plan for this movement is vital to determine whether the effort has been effective. There are several key elements to doing so. First, there needs to be some research available on how things stand presently. CBPR Principles involve a research/action balance in the community. Sometimes, in the beginning, you just need to know. Understanding the current level of awareness in the community is a great place to start when contemplating change (Detroit URC Board, 2011). What is the level of knowledge of the average Georgia citizen on osteoporosis diagnostics, prevention and treatment? What is the level of knowledge of Georgia healthcare providers on these things? A short survey can be created to use to evaluate this level of knowledge before and then after the initiative. This can be created using the strengths and resources within the local community and evaluation can be done of broad knowledge, including of longer-term osteoporosis management, or an ecological approach. GCW will collaborate closely with community leaders, especially those in medical institution positions, to determine whether this initiative has improved the quality of life of Page 20
Policy, Politics, and Global Health constituents. One effective evaluation tool for this will be to compare Georgia’s osteoporosis fracture rates for the past two years, and then, starting 6-12 months after the initiative, with the fracture rates for 12-36 months after implementation. The most obvious evaluation of the success of this initiative will be whether or not 1. Mr. Isakson votes in favor of Bill S.283, and 2. whether or not this bill passes into law. Evaluation the Success of Georgia Commission on Women Plan To begin this movement, we expect at least 10 of the 15 commissioners to be present at the June 18 meeting, and, in follow up local meetings, 20-30 people per community, with at least 12-15 towns involved. We will work for a few weeks to create a plan that everyone can agree to.
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