Every individual affects the community in some way. What individual factors (personal characteristics, genetics, developmental stage of life, lifestyle) affect community/public health? How can public health advocates and policy makers prevent and/or manage potential conflicts within the community that could arise as a result of public health assessments? Finally, what can advocate’s, policymakers, and others do to promote habits that will improve community health?
Using as references any of this sources:
1. This article provides more insight on the basics of community health assessment. ● Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [CDC]. (2018). Community Health Assessment & Health Improvement Planning. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/stltpublichealth/cha/index.html
2. Click on this Community Health Assessment Toolkit link below and go to the “Community Engagement” tab to learn more about the community engagement approach. http://www.healthycommunities.org/Resources/toolkit.shtml#.W3HLAuhKhPY Association for Community Health Improvement. (2017). Community Health Assessment Toolkit. Retrieved from http://www.healthycommunities.org/Resources/toolkit.shtml#.W318ruhKhPZ
3. These articles will pertain to the learning activity related to the course outcomes in this unit. ● Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (2018). Determinants of health. Retrieved from https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/about/foundation-health-measures/Determinants-ofHealth ● World Health Organization. [WHO]. (2018). Health impact assessment: The determinants of health. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/hia/evidence/doh/en/
4. Readings based on a study that concludes that routine implementation of a community health assessment and improvement plan in local health agencies leads to improved public health decisionmaking and actions. ● Rabarison, K. M., Timsina, L., & Mays, G. P. (2015). Community Health Assessment and Improved Public Health Decision-Making: A Propensity Score Matching Approach. American Journal of Public Health, 105(12), 2526-2533. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2015.302795
5. This article describes details of how economic and social disadvantage affects health, and describes some policy approaches to improve health and reduce health inequities by addressing socioeconomic disadvantage. ● Swain, G. (2016-2017). How does economic and social disadvantage affect health? Retrieved from https://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/focus/pdfs/foc331a.pdf
6. Mathematical models can be very helpful to understand the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. This book presents examples of epidemiological models and modeling tools that can assist policymakers to assess and evaluate disease control strategies. ● Feng, Z. (2014). Applications of Epidemiological Models to Public Health Policymaking: The Role of Heterogeneity in Model Predictions. New Jersey: World Scientific.