Medical and Dental Care@100%: Innovation 5
Generating Public Awareness
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project: Medical and Dental Care.5.1
Project 1: The “create the Medical and Dental Care@100% user-friendly website” project
This is where you design and launch your own family-friendly website for the public to access vital information on medical and dental care. As mentioned earlier, websites don’t just pop up easily, but there are free services online to help with design.
Project: Medical and Dental Care.5.2
Project 2: The “be patient and focused” project
Even completing a few of these projects will put you among the best educated one percent when it comes to accessible medical and dental care in your area, and one way you could put that know-how to good use is by serving on an advisory board or commission. Many—but not all—school, city, county and higher ed organizations have them. There are often more generic school task forces or advisory panels out there as well, and they are usually hurting for members. This is your opportunity to ensure that affordable and accessible care arguments are heard, progress is made, and that the alignment of accessible care services becomes a reality.
Project: Medical and Dental Care.5.3
Project 3: The “email Medical and Dental Care@100% often” project
Email and social marketing are good tools for outreach. Social marketing strategies, just like website development, can be challenging. Yet there are “how to” websites that can help facilitate this process. You should work to reach all stakeholders who have the concerns of families (and all residents) on their radar. You can send updates on all the work of your action teams to raise awareness and garner support.
Populations to target:
- Youth-serving groups
- Family-serving groups
- Faith-based groups
- Cultural groups
- Elected officials
- Department of Health
- Children’s Medical Services
- School-based health care providers
- Local providers and agencies providing medical/dental care
- Hospital staff
- Child welfare