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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Help needed for school

I know some of you out there are Web Developers, or have worked on web start-ups enough to have some vital information I hope to bum from you.

My senior project is coming due, and it is a proposal for a community intervention. I am a specialist in Children's Mental health, and through a needs assessment determined that families and line level staff need better communication about resources available, and families need ways to link with other families. One of my best friends and I years ago had a proposal for a web community that I am shamelessly cribbing from for this project, but our info is 6 years out of date. This is a project I am actually going to write a grant request for, so I need to do an awesome job, although there will be room for tweaking and clean up before it gets to that point. Right now I just need to get it turned in and get my A or B.

The summary:
Children's Mental Health in Arizona has seen many changes in the past several years. Families, however, are still having trouble accessing the services they need to be successful. Interviews of families and family run organizations pinpointed a lack of knowledge of what is available as one of the many impediments to access. This project is one avenue of addressing this issue by creating an interactive web site accessible by both families and line-level staff working with children. The site will have agency profiles, support boards for families, and a guide to the children's system for Arizona. Future stages will include providing agencies with a public computer in their waiting rooms to facilitate access, as well as a low cost computer program for families' homes.

My needs:
  • A model budget- development costs, a year of operation
  • Statistics- Internet saturation, comfort level of people using internet for medical information and support, levels of those in poverty with home internet access and other access, use of internet in Hispanic populations- any kinds of information in this area would be great, or give me a lead to where to look at the University library. I know where to find Social Services info backward and forward, but not this stuff. Leads on Arizona or Maricopa county would be awesome too.
Someone who might be interested in mentoring this as a project proposal post graduation would be great too.

Our prior project had several revenue streams, including providing technology assistance to non-profit agencies (assisting with profiles, etc.) I would love a brainstorm session with someone knowledgeable on how to get multiple revenue streams, while keeping it free for family, encouraging technology shy agencies to utilize it, and getting it government endorsed. The initial proposal will be for Maricopa County, but I am thinking of keeping it expandable.

I know some awesome people out there, and I am hoping for the best!