Term of Award

Fall 2019

Degree Name

Doctor of Public Health in Public Health Leadership (Dr.P.H.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

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Creative Commons License
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Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health

Committee Chair

Ashley Walker

Committee Member 1

William Mase

Committee Member 2

Heidi Altman


Violence against children (VAC) is a global problem with significant consequences. Recognizing the need to better understand the problem of VAC in Côte d’Ivoire (CI), the government of CI recently completed a survey on violence against children. The recent data will support an evidence-based national action plan for the prevention of VAC. Research shows that initiatives tackling specific problems will only be as successful as the community’s readiness to take action. This study applied the community readiness model to assess the readiness of the multisectoral task force (MSTF) to implement the national action plan in CI. Eight MSTF participants’ interview scores determined the overall and dimension-specific level of readiness. The findings suggest that the MSTF’s overall stage of readiness is in the “preplanning stage,” indicating that a clear recognition exists that something must be done to address the issue of VAC in CI, and there are even mechanisms to address it. Nevertheless, the present efforts are neither sufficiently focused nor comprehensive. The study also evaluated six specific dimensions of the system, revealing varying stages of readiness across dimensions. The dimension of efforts had the highest stage of readiness, whereas the dimension knowledge of efforts had the lowest stage. Based on these findings, the recommendation is to strengthen the dimensions with the lowest readiness level. The system’s immediate strategy must be to increase awareness and knowledge of all policies and programs addressing violence against children and to intensify political engagement to support existing and new programs addressing the problem.

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