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Leondra T Weiss
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.

Class description

This section will focus on the Wellness and Prevention aspects of Public Health, especially for vulnerable populations. By utilizing Strength-Based Approaches, and Motivational Interviewing Techniques, students will be exposed to local resources, tools and approaches that are accessible in their community/work setting. The primary focus of this class will be health promotion in individual, family and community settings. Through interactions and observations with providers in ambulatory clinics at UW Seattle, Snohomish Health District, North Public Health and The Everett Gospel Mission, students will utilize tools that increase the stages of readiness with individuals while using systems approaches to address community based problems. This class will allow nurses in all settings (inpatient, outpatient and home/community) to promote healthy habits by addressing individual behaviors such issues as obesity, heart disease, smoking, diet, and stress and extend them to Family, and Community Levels through a Community/Public Health Perspective. The final group projects will be working with an agency that supports a vulnerable population (such as the homeless, elderly, disabled).

Student learning goals

Differentiate between Community/Public Health and Community/Public Health Nursing and activities that promote health on local, national and global levels.

Gain exposure to local community agencies and learn how to build sustaining partnerships.

Provide health promotion of the individual and extend them to family/community.

Gain insight on social determinants of health and explore ways to address inequalities through research, local influences and health policy.

Work directly with vulnerable populations and learn ways to promote health and address barriers.

Gain insight on the barriers and values of primary prevention approaches.

General method of instruction

Weekly class with lecture, guest speakers, and agency observations/ group project in the field at various sites.

Recommended preparation

There is no textbook for the class. Rather it is required journal readings and some book chapters that are accessible from the library E-reserves.

Class assignments and grading

No tests, weekly blackboard postings, several smaller assignments, a shadowing experience, 2 main papers and a group project presentation/paper.

Each assignment is assigned points based on a 100 point total scale.


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 Leondra T Weiss
Date: 06/25/2012