Fam Community Health 2016 Apr-Jun;39(2):82-91
Department of Pediatrics (Dr Cruz and Ms Woelk and Ms Bear), University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque and Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (Dr Hess).
Sexual violence is of special concern in New Mexico because of the presence of large priority populations in which its prevalence is high. This article describes a 3-component approach to developing a strategic plan to prevent sexual violence in the state that consisted of an advisory group, subject matter experts, and focus groups from geographically and demographically diverse communities. Both common and community-specific themes emerged from the focus groups and were included in the strategic plan. By incorporating community needs and experiences, this approach fosters increased investment in plan implementation.