Health Promotion Plan Rationale Critique

Health Promotion Plan Rationale Critique:






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The success of a program rationale depends on the planning process used by the planners in the development stage. Additionally, the success depends on the support of the program rationale by all the stakeholders involved. The planners must take into consideration the correct design in creating a rationale. The paper will involve a critique of the sample rationale for “No Butts about it”. The sample article is about creating a smoke-free ordinance in Restaurants in Delaware Country, Indiana. The critique process involves evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the sample rationale program. Providing recommendations for improvement is the last part in the critique process.



The preparation of the program rationale has followed the design required as outlined in Chapter Three. In the program rationale, the author has started by providing brief background information about the program. The author has also highlighted the various problems which arise as a result of tobacco smoking.  The author provides a general overview of the program rationale.  Statistics regarding the health problems worldwide that are caused by tobacco smoking have been provided. The author has narrowed down the discussion to the proposed priority population, restaurants of Delaware Country, Indiana. The author has also provided the relationship between the program and proposed priority population. The relationship provided has been supported by appropriate data from Delaware country. The author recommends smoking bans and restrictions in public places in order to reduce the effects of tobacco smoking. The references at the end of the case are relevant to the facts of the case (L. Kay Bartholomew, 2011).



In the development of the program rationale, the planners only consider the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in controlling tobacco smoking. The planners ought to have included the government policies, legislation and proposals in development of the program rationale. A good program rationale should put high emphasis on the importance of protecting the human resources. However, this has not been captured in the program rationale on smoke free ordinance. The program policy lays heavy emphasis on the restaurant’s profits and the health care costs.  People are considered as the most important resource in a community. Hence, the program should focus heavily on maintaining and promoting health of the individuals. The sample article lacks the list of the main contributors towards the development of the program rationale (James F. McKenzie, 2012).



The author should incorporate the government solutions in planning the program rationale. Government input has been overlooked in the sample rationale. A list of all the contributors should be included. Titling of the rationale requires identification of the sources of information, title of the respondents and the list of the main contributors. Evidence practice results should be used. The results are essential in pointing out the use of the proposed program in another priority population. Similarities and differences of the smoke free ordinance program in another population should be included in the sample rationale to make it stronger (Jackie Green, 2010).




Jackie Green, K. T. (2010). Health Promotion: Planning and Strategies. Atlanta: SAGE.

James F. McKenzie, P. B. (2012). Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs: A Primer. New York: Pearson/Benjamin Cummings.

L. Kay Bartholomew, G. S. (2011). Planning Health Promotion Programs: An Intervention Mapping Approach. New York: John Wiley & Sons.



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