The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 hit schools hard. School closures and social distancing mandates resulted in a dramatic change, literally overnight, in the way that schools provided students with an education. Since then, the list of questions on the minds of school personnel as well as students and their families has certainly grown well beyond the concern about what period math will be. Questions such as these might come to mind: “Will we start the school year with all teachers and students in the physical classroom on the school campus? If so, will we need to switch to a virtual platform at some point in the year? Will that switch be at a moment’s notice like it was before?” And, even such thoughts as these: “Will there even be a prom or graduation ceremony this year?” or “I wonder what happened to that student whose family I wasn’t able to connect with during the pandemic. I hope they are okay.”
I know that many of you are interested in community transformation. Therefore, you might be interested in our work on developing a Community Transformation Map. Below is a blog post from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s website. Editor's note: This piece was originally published by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement on August 3rd and has been reposted here with the author's permission.
Community-level change is likely to be our best bet for chipping away at pervasive health inequities, yet communities are each nestled inside local, regional, and national policies, attitudes, and expectations. Can such diverse ecosystems be changed? Yes, but it requires more than change. It requires a transformation.
To meet this challenge, the Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation (SCALE) initiative from the Institute for Health Improvement — in partnership with Communities Joined in Action, Community Solutions, and Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement — developed a community transformation roadmap for achieving a culture of health. The development, use, and evaluation of this roadmap is described in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry and summarized below.