While public health surveillance has traditionally focused on infectious diseases, public health officials are now targeting environmental issues, occupational matters, injuries, chronic diseases, birth defects, risky health behaviors, and genetics. It is for this reason that statistical data has become vital for public health officials, and why for public health officials, it is important to be able to use and interpret data.
For the Unit IV Case Study, research the sources of data in your community, and address the following points.
Briefly describe your local sources of data used by public health officials.
Discuss one strength and limitation of collecting data in your community.
Describe an intervention or program to address a public health issue in your community. Provide an example of how data was interpreted to the local community in the intervention or program. Please provide a link to the intervention or program.
The case study must be a minimum of three pages in length, excluding the title and reference pages. To support your ideas, use a minimum of three outside sources; one may be the textbook. Additionally, use a source that focuses on your community, such as a newspaper or journal article.
Assignment must be formatted using APA style, including in-text citations and references.
The Practical Playbook. (2015, December 7).The importance of data to public health and health care collaborations [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3vqgrkVlTE
American Cancer Society. (n.d.). Key statistics for ovarian cancer. Retrieved from https://www.cancer.org/cancer/ovarian-cancer/about/key-statistics.html
Birkhead, G. S., Klompas, M., & Shah, N. R. (2015, March). Uses of electronic health records for public health surveillance to advance public health. Annual Review of Public Health, 36, 345–359. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031914-122747
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). About the behavioral risk factor surveillance system (BRFSS). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/brfss/about/about_brfss.htm
Pandpstock001. (2015). Female doctor and display of electronic health record system (ID 71844937) [Photograph]. Retrieved from https://www.dreamstime.com
Schneider, M.-J. (2017). Introduction to public health (5th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
World Health Organization. (2014). Sentinel surveillance. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/immunization/monitoring_surveillance/burden/vpd/surveillance_type/sentinel/en/
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