Culture and Cooperation for Global Health
Coordinated and collaborative efforts to reduce health disparities require culturally appropriate strategies to create the changes necessary to improve public health.
To complete this Application Assignment, you will write a 3- to 4-page paper that includes your P.E.R.I. information from Week 4.
• Select a strategy (consciousness raising, community development, social action, health promotion, media advocacy, or policy change) from the Promoting Health Equity (pp. 58–75) document to create, and describe, the approach and theory of behavior change you recommend to create a change in the at-risk population you identified.
• In addition to your answers to questions 1–5 from the Week 4 P.E.R.I. Application Assignment, be sure to add a description of:
1. The hypothetical community you will work with, including cultural issues that might impact your chosen health condition
2. The theory related to health behavior you selected
3. The community (or international) public health organizations you would involve in the planning, and implementation, of this intervention
4. How you would apply your theory-based behavior change strategy to improve the social determinants of the health issue in this community
Be sure to support your work with specific citations from this week’s Learning Resources and additional scholarly sources as required.
• Required Resources
• Video: National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases.(2009, April 27). Responding to Outbreaks. CDC TV Health Matters. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/CDCTV/RespondOutbreaks/index.html
“Respond to Outbreaks” Video courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases. Transcripts also provided by the CDC. ” Video courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Transcripts also provided by the CDC.
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 6 minutes.
As the deadly Ebola virus hits western Uganda, a team of investigators from the CDC Special Pathogens Branch work to bring the outbreak under control by working with local health ministries and citizens. Learn how these public health professionals stop diseases in their tracks by working with people, animals, and the environment in order to protect the population.
Note: You may view this Course Video in the streaming Media Player below (or attached) and/or linked above with each resource listed. As a reminder, additional Learning Resources for the week are listed below the Media Player. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the web page to view the complete list of Required and Optional Resources.
• Course Text: Public and Global Health Essentials
o Chapter 11, “Working together to improve global health”
Around the world professionals from numerous organizations rely on others to achieve their public health goals. This chapter stresses global cooperation, partnerships and collaborations vital to addressing health issues.
o Chapter 12, “Culture and Health”
Efforts aimed at changing populations health behavior must respect and work with the cultural beliefs of those individuals. This chapter highlights common theories as well as methods for engendering behavior change in populations.
• Article: Brennan Ramirez, L. K., Baker, E. A., Metzler, M. (2008). Promoting health equity: A resource to help communities address social determinants of health. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
o Read Section 2, “Case studies from the US”
Links to key global health organizations:
• Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
• International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
• HHS Global Health
• Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
• Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
• Ford Foundation
• Rockefeller Foundation
• Save the Children
• World Bank
• Article: Brennan Ramirez, L. K., Baker, E. A., & Metzler, M. (2008). Promoting health equity: A resource to help communities address social determinants of health. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
o Read Section 5, “Moving to Action”
o Read Section 6, “Assessing Your Progress”
o Read Section 7, “Maintaining Momentum”