Graduate students in Organization and Community Practice worked in groups to put their social work training into practice. Students identified a social justice community issue to investigate and conducted a needs and strengths assessment using data on the community, key informant interviews of different stakeholders, and other sources as necessary. The group analyzed and synthesized this information to develop a realistic macro-level intervention plan (including a change strategy, action plan and development plan).
The focus of this project is on the Latino population in Muscatine and developing a plan to enhance their public participation within the community. The scope of the project focused on community health and wellness initiatives, such as the Blue Zones Project™ and ensuring health and wellness programs, although it impacted more broadly the issue of enhancing the Latino community’s involvement in volunteerism and public participation.