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CPPW Everyone Swims! Focus Group Summary and Development of Policy and System Change Priorities. January 11, 2011. Everyone Swims! Goal. Increase widespread access to pools and water recreation throughout King County among low income and culturally/ethnically diverse populations .
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Focus Group Summary and Development of Policy and System Change Priorities
January 11, 2011
Increase widespread access to pools and water recreation throughout King County among low income and culturally/ethnically diverse populations
Goals of Focus Group Needs Assessment:
Summarize what we learned about family perceptions related to Everyone Swims objectives
Identify barriers and opportunities most critical to meeting the ‘Everyone Swims’ goal
Discuss and prioritize policy and system changes
A recent news headline:
‘Pool boots kids who “might change the complexion”: Campers sent packing after first visit to swim club’
July 29, 2010; NBC Philadelphia
Antecedents to behavior change that provide the rational or motivation for the behavior1
Antecedents to behavioral or environmental change that allow a motivation to be realized 1
Factors following a behavior that provide the continuing reward or incentive for the persistence of the behavior 1
“I could never afford swimming before, and it is a huge effort to get here. I had to make a huge life change.”
-Odessa Brown Community Clinic Parent
“Present it as a safety issue and then give some resources.
Docs should say:
1: ‘ What kind of sports do you do?’
2: ‘Swimming is something to look into’.
3: ‘Everyone should know how to swim.’ “
-George Pocock Rowing Foundation Parent
“It’s probably the last thing we ever think of doing because the kids don’t know how to swim and it’s much easier to take them to a soccer game.”
– Seattle Children’s Spanish Speaking Parent
“The doctor explained it to me—I can do swimming or walking. My main concern is privacy and do not have a ride. But, it would be really nice to have person who speaks my language at the pool teaching the swimming lessons.”
-Columbia Health Center Somali speaking parent
Thank you to the families and partner pools, water recreation organizations, and clinics for helping to make this happen.
For more information contact:
Elizabeth ‘Tizzy’ Bennett, Everyone Swims Co-Manager, Elizabeth.Bennett@Seattlechildrens.org, 206-987-5718
Mo Pomietto, Everyone Swims Co-Manager, Mo.Pomietto@Seattlechildrens.org, 206-987-3917
Sarah Stempski, Everyone Swims Program Coordinator, Sarah.Stempski@Seattlechildrens.org, 206-987-4182