The Health of Communities|
Spring 2018 not offered
|Certificates: Civic Engagement|
|Course Cluster: Health Studies, Service-Learning|
Our focus will be on understanding the role of social factors (e.g., income, work environment, social cohesion, food, transportation systems) in determining the health risks of individuals; considering the efficacy, appropriateness, and ethical ramifications of various public health interventions; and learning about the contemporary community health center model of care in response to the needs of vulnerable populations. We explore the concept and history of social medicine, the importance of vocabulary and the complexity of any categorization of persons in discussions of health and illness, ethical issues related to the generation and utilization of community-based research, the role of place and the importance of administrative and cultural boundaries in the variability of health risk, and the idea of just health care. Enrolled students serve as research assistants to preceptors at the Community Health Center (CHC) of Middletown.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Enrolled students will serve as volunteer research assistants (three-four hours/week), participating in the design and implementation of research projects developed by the Community Health Center (CHC) of Middletown that document and/or support their efforts to improve the health of our local community. Previous class projects have addressed topics such as youth empowerment efforts to reduce the risk of obesity, the use of tele-ophthalmology in primary care; the effectiveness of pharmacist intervention in reducing/eliminating health disparities in outcomes for African American patients, evaluation of early behavioral health intervention in school settings for children, assessment of treating opioid addiction in primary care settings; and assessment of the effectiveness of a model of group prenatal care.