Public health core functions, ten essential services, and health

Public Health Core Functions, Ten Essential Services,

and Health Educator Areas of Responsibility

Instructions

For this Assignment, review the module’s Learning Resources related to the Public Health Core Functions and Ten Essential Services and to the Health Educator Areas of Responsibility. Then, complete both Part I and Part II of this assignment.

Part I

Carefully read each scenario below and answer the related questions.  

Scenario 1:

Scientists in Australia discover treatment for Vivax strain of malaria found in Asia Pacific region.  The new treatment also protects against re-infection.

  • Which Public Health Core Function is addressed by the health-related event or service described in scenario 1?   Please check (√  or X) or highlight your selection.

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__        Policy Development  

__        Assurance                  

  • Identify a specific Public Health Essential Service that was (or will be) carried out through the health-related event or service described in scenario 1?   Please type your answer below.

Answer:

Scenario 2:

Public health professionals are now able to refer clients to the Palm Valley Clinic recently opened in the Talmouth County.  This facility provides medical, dental, and pharmacy services to uninsured and underinsured individuals.

  • Which Public Health Core Function is addressed by the health-related event or service described in scenario 2?   Please check (√  or X) or highlight your selection.

__        Assessment   

__        Policy Development  

__        Assurance                  

  • Identify a specific Public Health Essential Service that was (or will be) carried out through the health-related event or service described in scenario 2?   Please type your answer below.

Answer:

Scenario 3:

The Cole County Health Department and Cole County School System have partnered to provide flu shots to more than 2,215 elementary school students.

  • Which Public Health Core Function is addressed by the health-related event or service described in scenario 3?   Please check (√  or X) or highlight your selection.

__        Assessment   

__        Policy Development  

__        Assurance

  • Identify a specific Public Health Essential Service that was (or will be) carried out through the health-related event or service described in scenario 3?   Please type your answer below.

Answer:

Scenario 4:

A local childcare facility has reported an outbreak of lice in their facility to the health department.  The lead health educator at the health department is now tasked with solving the issue. 

  • Which Public Health Core Function is addressed by the health-related event or service described in scenario 4?   Please check (√  or X) or highlight your selection.

__        Assessment   

__        Policy Development  

__        Assurance      

  • Identify a specific Public Health Essential Service that was (or will be) carried out through the health-related event or service described in scenario 4?   Please type your answer below.

Answer:

Part II. Select two of the scenarios provided in part I, above, and (in 1-to-1½ pages, and in paragraph format) do the following:

  • Identify the first scenario you have selected.
  • Explain how a health educator could fulfil one of the Health Educator Areas of Responsibility through involvement in an activity (or activities) related to the situation described in that scenario.
    • In doing so, be sure to note the specific Area of Responsibility and describe (in detail) the activities that would be carried out by the health educator.
  • Identify the second scenario you have selected.
  • Explain how a health educator could fulfil a different Health Educator Area of Responsibility through involvement in an activity (or activities) related to the situation described in that scenario.
    • In doing so, be sure to note the specific Area of Responsibility and describe (in detail) the activities that would be carried out by the health educator.
  • Be sure to cite your sources and include a reference list—all in APA format.

References

Required Readings

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2017c). National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2011a). Core functions of public health and how they relate to the 10 essential services. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/ephli/core_ess.htm

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2017). Resources organized by essential services. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/10-essential-services/resources.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2014b). The public health system and the 10 essential public health services. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/publichealthservices/essentialhealthservices.html

Note: Ensure that you read the following resource available at this website under Resources, Public Health 101.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2018).  Leading causes of death in the United States, 1999-2016. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data-visualization/mortality-leading-causes/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support. (2014). The 10 essential public health services: An overview. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/publichealthservices/pdf/essential-phs.pdf

Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Assuring the Health of the Public in the 21st Century. (2002). B, Models for collaborative planning in communities. In The Future of the Public’s Health in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK221247/

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). (2010). Areas of responsibilities, competencies, and sub-competencies for the health education specialists 2010. Retrieved from http://www.nchec.org/assets/2251/areas_of_responsibilities_and_competencies.pdf

Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice. (2014). Core competencies for public health professionals. Retrieved from http://www.phf.org/resourcestools/Documents/Core_Competencies_for_Public_Health_Professionals_2014June.pdf

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