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Arnold De Castro
B NURS 409
Bothell Campus

Partnerships in Community Health

Analyzes, applies, and evaluates nursing and other healthcare activities of local, national, and global communities, including health promotion, disease prevention, public health, and social justice efforts. Explores influencing socio-cultural, epidemiological, economic, and political issues. Partners with community agencies to apply community health nursing principles to promote and maintain population self care.

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Topic: Advocacy with a Community Organizing Agency to Address Social Determinants of Health: This section explores how social determinants influence illness/disease, with a particular emphasis on the inter-relationships between neighborhood environments, employment conditions, and population health. Utilizing a socio-ecological framework, the health of underserved communities and marginalized workers will be critically examined. The goal is to expand students’ perspective about what “causes” poor health beyond individual level characteristics, and, to understand how multi-level societal inequalities create health disparities. Students will complete fieldwork activities in partnership with a community organizing organization (Puget Sound Sage in downtown Seattle; www.pugetsoundsage.org). The principal contribution students will make will be in the form of a digital media product that highlights public health advocacy within the context of a one of the organization’s campaigns focused on environmental justice and worker rights with the intent to use a health argument to influence public policy. Also, the professional practice of public health nursing as well as social justice will thematically underlie the topics covered throughout this section. This section will include a driving tour of selected neighborhoods of Seattle and a boat tour of the Duwamish River. Student should expect the need to be flexible regarding their schedules in terms of these non-classroom components. Some assignments are designed as group projects and will involve the use of video and digital media hardware/software (though no previous experience or training is necessary, as this will be provided).

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Celinda A Smith
Date: 12/05/2013