SURVEYING CLINIC COMMUNITY MEMBERS
Collection of data is an important part of identifying the needs of your clinic community, but it can also be a sensitive process! Who is asked, what questions, why, when, where, and how can all impact participants’ responses. This is especially true in the workplace where there are unequal distributions of power.
A Note About Power:
In community organizing, the word “power” is often discussed. Its meaning is most clear from the Spanish word “poder.” In Spanish, this single word serves both as the noun power and the verb to be able to do something. It is important when doing any work with communities to recognize how power is distributed. Thinking of power as the ability to do something allows us to examine how power is distributed across members of a clinic community. In many clinics, as in other places of work, power is concentrated among managers, leaders, or providers.