The behaviors of most people are often influenced by media (television, radio and newspapers), social marketing (advertisements) and community organizing (community events). Gun violence permeates the news, popular television shows, movies, advertisements as well as the toy industry. Through these media channels children are influenced to use guns and are taught to believe that it is natural to have a gun in the home. In an effort to decrease gun violence it is the intention of the writer to implement a community health intervention program combining the media advocacy, social marketing and community organization.
The proposed community health intervention will center on the youth in the community and be an amalgam of social marketing, community organization and media advocacy strategies. The first step to implementing such a program would be to make the adult members of the community aware of the issue that is affecting the youth of their community. Using the media approach the writer would have the local newspaper print the number of crimes (both intentional and unintentional) that are committed with guns in their immediate community, their city and state and finally nationwide. Utilizing social marketing skills, the next step would be to post flyers around the community with the crime statistics (as mentioned above) and request that all concerned community members (youth and adults) attend the program in an effort to design a community intervention. Although it may seem redundant to use the newspaper and flyers both methods reinforce the seriousness of the issue. It is important to enlist the help of community members in designing an intervention program. It is the writer's belief that interventions are more successful if community members are involved, rather than having outsiders implement a community based program. This process is called community building, rather than community organization. It fosters empowerment within the community and...
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