In this project, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following competency:
· Describe the role of epidemiology in public health
You are a public health educator, and your supervisor has asked you to partner in a presentation at a community health fair hosted by your local hospital. The goal of the fair is to educate the public on various health-related issues that impact their lives. For the presentation, your supervisor has decided to highlight a specific public health policy for the community, explaining the pertinent history of the policy, as well as its purpose. Specifically, the presentation will focus on a policy related to tuberculosis, commonly referred to as TB. To learn more about Tuberculosis, review the resources in the Supporting Materials section of this project. The local hospital, in accordance with the Federal and State and Local General Communicable Disease Control Law, has a policy that requires that all employees and volunteers be tested for TB with a Tuberculin Skin Test (TST). This policy relates to all individuals either employed by or volunteering at the local hospital, as well as those interacting with identified high-risk populations for TB. So your supervisor knows that the information you provide will be relevant to these individuals attending the fair. Your supervisor has already created the presentation for the fair but has asked you to develop a supplement that the public can take with them for reference at a later date. Your supervisor will provide you with the material that must be included in the supplement to ensure it complements the presentation. To assure the public that your information is credible and reliable, you must be sure to support your responses with resources and cite these appropriately. The coordinators of the fair have also asked for this citation information, as they are hoping to post the content you create on their website as a public resource.
You will be creating a supplement to complement your supervisor’s presentation at a community health fair. Your supervisor has provided you with some details that you must cover in the supplement to make sure it corresponds to the presentation. Your supervisor noted that you can format the supplement however you choose as long as the information corresponds with the requirements, and as long as your supplement is presented in a way that is accessible to the audience. For example, you must use an appropriate reading level and avoid jargon. You must also support the information in the supplement with credible research and cite your resources appropriately.
Specifically, you must address the following:
· Describe the population primarily impacted and targeted by the policy. Be sure to support your response with epidemiological research. For example, consider the age, geographic location, and race of the population, among other factors.
· Describe the health determinants that led to the policy. Be sure to support your response with epidemiological research.
· Explain why the policy is critical for the targeted population. Be sure to support your response with epidemiological research. Consider the following:
· What is the targeted population’s history with the health-related state or event, and why is it currently a critical health-related state or event?
· What is the incidence, prevalence, and distribution of the health-related state or event?
· What data has resulted from the surveillance of the population to justify the need for the policy?
· How do the health determinants and disparities of the health-related state or event justify the need for the policy?
· Explain how the policy promotes disease prevention and control of the health-related state or event for the target population. Be sure to support your response with epidemiological research.
· How does the policy address the population’s specific health determinants and disparities?
· How does the policy address the distribution of the health-related state or event?
· Describe other strategies that public health professionals might use for disease prevention and control of the health-related state or event in different circumstances. For example, consider which strategies might be used if the larger community simply needs education about what the health-related state or event is and how it impacts their community. You may also consider which strategies might be used if a public health emergency emerged.
Tuberculosis Presentation Supplement Create a supplement to complement your supervisor’s presentation at a community health fair. The supplement must address the details specified by your supervisor to educate the public about a specific public health policy. Your supplement may be presented in any format, but must be 500 to 1,000 words in length and cite any references.
Note: To learn more about Tuberculosis, review the resources in the Supporting Materials section of this project.
Website: Tuberculosis This resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a variety of resources on tuberculosis, and it may be used to help you research the issue and inform the creation of your presentation supplement. Website: Health Disparities in TB This resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information about health disparities in TB, including racial and geographic disparities.