Idaho Case Study
Strategic Planning Process to Address Tobacco-Related Disparities in Idaho
Was a needs assessment completed?
Idaho did not have a strategic plan in place to address and eliminate tobacco-related disparities. The needs assessment was conducted in two ways: 1) a matrix of all data available for each Idaho population was created with reference to the data source and 2) the representatives of each population group conducted an environmental scan for their population and a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis on their respective communities from a statewide perspective. Additionally, after the strategic plan was completed, representatives of population groups completed environmental scans for population groups in local areas that were more detailed and extensive.
The data matrix was based on results from existing surveillance instruments. When Idaho data were missing, extrapolations from national data were made. When representatives of specific populations were not at the table, information from literature reviews was shared.
Planning Models Used
The CDC Pilot Training Program for Tobacco Use Among Population Groups: Putting the Pieces Together to Identify and Eliminate Disparities was used.
Adherence to the CDC Planning Model principles of participatory planning (inclusiveness, representation, and parity) was crucial to the successful outcome of the planning process.
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