Population Health Promotion Practicum: Data Collection

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 Teaching Strategy Description:

Students are matched with diverse agency partners to work on a variety of health promotion projects in their public health nursing practicum course. As part of their practicum, students assist with data and feedback collection which they in turn use to inform community organizing, program planning and/or policy advocacy. Examples of possible data collection activities include literature reviews to inform policy addressing childhood environmental toxins; conducting community based research interviews regarding the impact of low wages on health (Flynn, 2012); assisting with the recruitment of community members to participate in focus groups (Montani & Perry, 2013); and using interviews and focus groups to inform food security initiatives; conducting walking interviews with ESL students to inform health literacy at a local hospital (e.g. the need for signage and health information for diverse languages).
The information collected is presented in a variety of ways depending on the student’s placement. Examples of past dissemination techniques include an information brochure, written narratives, composing petition letters, pod casts, and research reports.

Teaching Context:

  • Fourth year BScN population health promotion practicum experience course


McCarthy Flynn, M. (2012). Simon Fraser University: Becoming the First Living Wage University in Canada. First Call: Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition with SFU Living Wage Campaign, Vancouver B.C. Retrieved from https://livingwagesfu.wordpress.com/research-report/

Montani, A. & Perry, A. (2013). Child Labour Is No Accident: The Experiences of B.C.’s Working Children.First Call Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition: Vancouver B.C. Retrieved from http://www.firstcallbc.org/pdfs/Communities/First%20Callchild%20Labour%20is%20No%20Accident,%20Myy%202013.pdf


Submitted by:  Meridy Black, Caroline Brunt, Dee Duncan, Kathy Fukuyama, Marg Hawkins, Elaine Jones and Shari Laliberte, Vancouver Community College

Indicator(s): 2.3, 2.4