Using the SMART tool to reduce COVID-19 transmission within the Hispanic Community

SMART is a mnemonic for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-specific (Carlson, 2018).



Specific is to create an unambiguous goal (Carlson, 2018).

Measurable is to create specific criteria that gauge the accomplishment of a goal (Carlson, 2018).

Attainable or attainability is to ensure that goal is not improbable to accomplish (Carlson, 2018).

Realistic: is to ensure the ability to appropriate to the goal (Carlson, 2018).

Time-Specific: defines the timeline that constitutes an origin and completion date of a specified goal (Carlson, 2018).

SMART is an effective medium that serves to establish up goals to execute a project successfully. It aids in establishing strategies to target specific communities by allowing clarify needed outreach and out outcomes required.

At this time, we can use a significant example of COVID-19 prevalence within the Hispanic population. Trying to reduce the COVID transmission within the Hispanic community will be the goal. Tailoring the efforts to ensure that awareness programs are culturally appropriate and ensuring the execution of outreach strategies meet the needs of the specified communities. Hiring public health representatives to endorse quarantine and isolation procedures provides resources to families that may need to work because of the lack of support. The idea is the quicker and better within the next six months before phase two of the outbreak occurs. Tailoring to the need for communication within the Spanish speaking population is crucial.


Officials must be able to communicate efficiently with language with cultural sensitivity to ensure the community of the stringent necessity in decreasing transmission. It may sound rude or racist, but trust me, it is not. As an outbreak case investigator, my colleagues and I have proven there is a significant difference if the population can relate to the public health official that is addressing the collective community in question. The leaders must be successful in specifying the dangers of COVID, explaining how to reduce transmission, requirements of isolation, and quarantine, then if it is someone else, from another cultural background that may not be able to relate to their needs. Data can clear the objective of helping to design an effective and efficient program. We must focus on educational, societal, economic, and cultural impacts these applications may have within the community (Rivera, Kyte, Aiyegbusi, Keeley, & Calvert, 2017).


The population must feel receptive; if they think receptively, they will not ignore messages. It is more probable they will take precautions because they will believe there is no hidden agenda. This occurrence is probably the only time I will say it is crucial to segregate communities and assign leaders of the same while extending equivalent resources, awareness, and medical support. Instilling programs that target specific communities can help reduce transmission rates, morbidity and mortality rates, and safeguard communities (CDC, 2019).

References:

Carlson, D. (2018). Setting goals for success: Writing down goals and using SMART goals ups chances of keeping them. Optometry Times, 10(5), 8–11.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019, September 04). CDC Global Health Strategy - Center for Global Health. Retrieved July 25, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/strategy/default.htm

Rivera, S., Kyte, D., Aiyegbusi, O., Keeley, T., & Calvert, M. (2017, August 9). Assessing the impact of healthcare research: A systematic review of methodological frameworks. Retrieved July 25, 2020, from https://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1002370

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