1. Find a peer reviewed journal article that addresses health disparities or disparities in health outcomes of a particular health condition/concern (i.e., obesity, breast cancer, high blood pressure, infant mortality, etc.). A quick search of the library databases using, for example, the keywords Health Disparities in Breast Cancer, will produce a wealth of information from which to choose your article.
  2. Second, in a post of a minimum of 150 words, give a brief overview of the article and discuss what you think the most important take home point is. Try to pinpoint the underlying causes of the disparity and how it is impacting the health of minority or vulnerable populations. Do NOT simply read and paste the abstract. Read the entire article as I may ask you specific questions about it in the forum.

Discussion 6-2

Please watch the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPVwgnp3dAc (video runs 3:24, opens in new tab)

before completing the discussion posting below.

Now that you have explored minority health issues/determinants throughout this module, in a post of a minimum of 150 words, reflect on the importance of cultural sensitivity and cultural competence for optimal health and human services outcomes in minority populations. Example: How do elements such as language, customs, dietary habits, cultural beliefs about health care/providers, etc. play a part in optimal outcomes?

Discussion 7-1

In this interactive activity, you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge about drugs and alcohol facts, and then reflect on your success in the challenge!

  1. First, take the 2017 National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/quiz/national-drug-alcohol-facts-week/take-iq-challenge/2017
  2. In a post of a minimum of 125 words respond to the following:How did you do on the quiz? Were there any questions that you got wrong that you thought for sure you knew? What were the most surprising things that you learned? How well do you think people in your community would do on this quiz – Explain.

Discussion 8-1

Whether we look at individuals, cities, or nations, everyone and everything has an impact on the Earth because we consume the finite products and services of nature. As a result, we each leave an ecological footprint, some environmental impact caused by the amount of natural resources we use and waste output we create. Footprints are calculated for countries by measuring the amount of resources (e.g. fossil fuel, acreage and land, housing, and transportation) consumed in a given year. Individual footprints can also be estimated.

http://www.earthday.org/take-action/footprint-calc… (opens in new tab)

Then, in a post of a minimum of 125 words, discuss:

  • What site did you use to calculate your footprint? What is your ecological footprint?
  • What is your reaction to your ecological footprint (i.e., surprised, shocked, knew it all along, etc.)?
  • What about your lifestyle do you think contributes to/explains your score? Would you like to change your score?
  • What are you willing to do to change it?
  • What environmental impact does your footprint have on your community?
  • How do you think your footprint compares to the rest of the world?
How do elements such as language, customs, dietary habits, cultural beliefs about health care play a part in optimal outcomes

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