A public health issue

Unit 5 Worksheet

Instructions: Please review this worksheet carefully and complete it before submitting it. This worksheet has a logical progression, therefore, you will need to complete it in order, from start to finish, without skipping steps or questions.

Purpose:As a graduate student in the Master of Public Health program, you are trained to think and perform precisely the way you would be expected to as a working public health professional. To this end, this worksheet will help train you to approach a public health topic exactly the way a working public health professional would. This may be muchdifferent than what you are used to doing. It is imperative that you fully understand the topics in this worksheet. If you receive point deductions, then you must discuss with the instructor the areas you need to improve, because this worksheet presents the basics from which your graduate studies build upon.

Identifying a Public Health Issue

Part 1

Based on your current understanding, describe public health in your own words. (minimum 50-75 words)

Insert your response here:

Part 2

choose a public health issue that you know the least about. Therefore, if you know about cancer or diabetes, choose something else. Enter your topic area below.

Insert your topic area here: 115 words

Part 3

At the bottom of the HealthyPeople.gov webpage, you will find the name of the branch of the Federal Government that implements this project. Who is this? When was the page last updated? 115 words

Insert your response:

Part 4

On the HealthyPeople.gov webpage, click the link to open the topic area you selected. Read through the information on the Overview tab. Next, minimize the HealthPeople.gov website window or hide the window from your screen. Now that you cannot see the Overview of your topic, write a 100-word summary of what you learned about this public health issue (there is not a right or wrong answer here).

Insert your 100-word summary (no quoting, no copy/paste, use only your own words):

Unit 5 Worksheet

Student’s Name: Insert Your Name Here

Instructions: Please review this worksheet carefully and complete it before submitting. This worksheet has a logical progression, therefore, you will need to complete it in order, from start to finish, without skipping steps or questions.

Purpose: As a graduate student in the Master of Public Health program, you are trained to think and perform precisely the way you would be expected to as a working public health professional. To this end, this worksheet will help train you to approach a public health topic exactly the way a working public health professional would. This may be much different than what you are used to doing. It is imperative that you fully understand the topics in this worksheet. If you receive point deductions, then you must discuss with the instructor the areas you need to improve, because this worksheet presents the basics from which your graduate studies build upon.

Identifying a Public Health Issue

 

Part 1

Based on your current understanding, describe public health in your own words. (minimum 50-75 words)

Insert your response here:

            Public health refers to private as well as public organized measures whose intention is prolonging life, promoting health, and preventing disease among populations as a whole. Basically, the focus is the entire population as opposed to individual diseases or patients and there is a keen concern on providing conditions where people can be healthy. Professionals try to stop problems from recurring or happening through recommending policies, conducting research, administering services, and implementing educational programs (Gillespie, Baird & Peel, 2013).

Part 2

choose a public health issue that you know the least about. Therefore, if you know about cancer or diabetes, choose something else. Enter your topic area below.

Insert your topic area here: 115 words

            With older adults, there is the need to improve their function, health, and quality of life. It is acknowledged that older adults form one of the fastest increasing age group as the first baby boomers who were born between 1946- 1964 turned sixty five years in 2011. It is predicted that by 2030, above 37 million people in the group will be managing two or more chronic conditions. The health of the elderly is important since they are at a high vulnerability of developing chronic diseases as well as the related disabilities including arthritis, congestive heart failure, diabetes mellitus, and dementia that leads to many deaths. Many old people cannot live independently ensuring their quality care is hard, they need professional expertise in the services they receive, and preventive services are very important to them (HealthyPeople.gov., 2013).

Part 3

At the bottom of the HealthyPeople.gov webpage, you will find the name of the branch of the Federal Government that implements this project. Who is this? When was the page last updated? 115 words

Insert your response:

            The page was updated last on a Wednesday, 13th November, 2013. The Federal

Government branch that is responsible for managing the webpage is the US Department of Health and Human Services. The branch’s mission is helping in the provision of building blocks needed by the Americans for successful, healthy lives. This mission is fulfilled daily by offering millions of families, children, and seniors with access to health care of high quality, assisting parents to find child care that is affordable and people find jobs, keeping food safe and curbing infectious diseases, and promoting better measures for treating and diagnosing diseases. Basically, its principal purpose is offering essential human services as well as protecting all Americans’ health (HHS.gov: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2014).

Part 4

On the HealthyPeople.gov webpage, click the link to open the topic area you selected. Read through the information on the Overview tab. Next, minimize the HealthPeople.gov website window or hide the window from your screen. Now that you cannot see the Overview of your topic, write a 100-word summary of what you learned about this public health issue (there is not a right or wrong answer here).

Insert your 100-word summary (no quoting, no copy/paste, use only your own words):

            Every year, the elderly experience many falls; on average, every one out of three old adults falls. This results to critical disability among the survivors. The resulting injuries can lead to impaired function, sedentary behavior, fear of falling, and lower life quality. After a fall, death may result from an unintentional injury. Usually, the elderly are taken care of by caregivers at home and these undergo through a lot of stress that leads to substandard care. The elderly suffer from multiple chronic diseases and, therefore, they require comprehensive care. Preventive health services can go a long way in managing their health (Talen & Burke, 2013).

References

Gillespie, M., Baird, A., & Peel (Ont. : Regional municipality). (2013). Empower, enable and encourage: Sucessfully implementing performance management in public health.

HealthyPeople.gov. (2013). Older Adults.

HHS.gov: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. (2014). About HHS.

Talen, M. R., & Burke, V. A. (2013). Integrated behavioral health in primary care: Evaluating the evidence, identifying the essentials. New York, NY: Springer.

Unit 5 Worksheet

Students Name: Insert Your Name Here

Instructions:Please review this worksheet carefully and complete it before submitting. This worksheet has a logical progression, therefore, you will need to complete it in order, from start to finish, without skipping steps or questions.

Purpose:As a graduate student in the Master of Public Health program, you are trained to think and perform precisely the way you would be expected to as a working public health professional. To this end, this worksheet will help train you to approach a public health topic exactly the way a working public health professional would. This may be muchdifferent than what you are used to doing. It is imperative that you fully understand the topics in this worksheet. If you receive point deductions, then you must discuss with the instructor the areas you need to improve, because this worksheet presents the basics from which your graduate studies build upon.

Identifying a Public Health Issue

Part 1

Based on your current understanding, describe public health in your own words. (minimum 50-75 words)

Insert your response here:

Part 2

Insert your topic area here: 115 words

Part 3

At the bottom of the HealthyPeople.gov webpage, you will find the name of the branch of the Federal Government that implements this project. Who is this? When was the page last updated? 115 words

Insert your response:

Part 4

On the HealthyPeople.gov webpage, click the link to open the topic area you selected. Read through the information on the Overview tab. Next, minimize the HealthPeople.gov website window or hide the window from your screen. Now that you cannot see the Overview of your topic, write a 100-word summary of what you learned about this public health issue (there is not a right or wrong answer here).

Insert your 100-word summary (no quoting, no copy/paste, use only your own words):

Unit 5 Worksheet

Student’s Name: Insert Your Name Here

Instructions: Please review this worksheet carefully and complete it before submitting. This worksheet has a logical progression, therefore, you will need to complete it in order, from start to finish, without skipping steps or questions.

Purpose: As a graduate student in the Master of Public Health program, you are trained to think and perform precisely the way you would be expected to as a working public health professional. To this end, this worksheet will help train you to approach a public health topic exactly the way a working public health professional would. This may be much different than what you are used to doing. It is imperative that you fully understand the topics in this worksheet. If you receive point deductions, then you must discuss with the instructor the areas you need to improve, because this worksheet presents the basics from which your graduate studies build upon.

Identifying a Public Health Issue

 

Part 1

Based on your current understanding, describe public health in your own words. (minimum 50-75 words)

Insert your response here:

            Public health refers to private as well as public organized measures whose intention is prolonging life, promoting health, and preventing disease among populations as a whole. Basically, the focus is the entire population as opposed to individual diseases or patients and there is a keen concern on providing conditions where people can be healthy. Professionals try to stop problems from recurring or happening through recommending policies, conducting research, administering services, and implementing educational programs (Gillespie, Baird & Peel, 2013).

Part 2

choose a public health issue that you know the least about. Therefore, if you know about cancer or diabetes, choose something else. Enter your topic area below.

Insert your topic area here: 115 words

            With older adults, there is the need to improve their function, health, and quality of life. It is acknowledged that older adults form one of the fastest increasing age group as the first baby boomers who were born between 1946- 1964 turned sixty five years in 2011. It is predicted that by 2030, above 37 million people in the group will be managing two or more chronic conditions. The health of the elderly is important since they are at a high vulnerability of developing chronic diseases as well as the related disabilities including arthritis, congestive heart failure, diabetes mellitus, and dementia that leads to many deaths. Many old people cannot live independently ensuring their quality care is hard, they need professional expertise in the services they receive, and preventive services are very important to them (HealthyPeople.gov., 2013).

Part 3

At the bottom of the HealthyPeople.gov webpage, you will find the name of the branch of the Federal Government that implements this project. Who is this? When was the page last updated? 115 words

Insert your response:

            The page was updated last on a Wednesday, 13th November, 2013. The Federal

Government branch that is responsible for managing the webpage is the US Department of Health and Human Services. The branch’s mission is helping in the provision of building blocks needed by the Americans for successful, healthy lives. This mission is fulfilled daily by offering millions of families, children, and seniors with access to health care of high quality, assisting parents to find child care that is affordable and people find jobs, keeping food safe and curbing infectious diseases, and promoting better measures for treating and diagnosing diseases. Basically, its principal purpose is offering essential human services as well as protecting all Americans’ health (HHS.gov: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2014).

Part 4

On the HealthyPeople.gov webpage, click the link to open the topic area you selected. Read through the information on the Overview tab. Next, minimize the HealthPeople.gov website window or hide the window from your screen. Now that you cannot see the Overview of your topic, write a 100-word summary of what you learned about this public health issue (there is not a right or wrong answer here).

Insert your 100-word summary (no quoting, no copy/paste, use only your own words):

            Every year, the elderly experience many falls; on average, every one out of three old adults falls. This results to critical disability among the survivors. The resulting injuries can lead to impaired function, sedentary behavior, fear of falling, and lower life quality. After a fall, death may result from an unintentional injury. Usually, the elderly are taken care of by caregivers at home and these undergo through a lot of stress that leads to substandard care. The elderly suffer from multiple chronic diseases and, therefore, they require comprehensive care. Preventive health services can go a long way in managing their health (Talen & Burke, 2013).

References

Gillespie, M., Baird, A., & Peel (Ont. : Regional municipality). (2013). Empower, enable and encourage: Sucessfully implementing performance management in public health.

HealthyPeople.gov. (2013). Older Adults

HHS.gov: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. (2014). About HHS.

Talen, M. R., & Burke, V. A. (2013). Integrated behavioral health in primary care: Evaluating the evidence, identifying the essentials. New York, NY: Springer.

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