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A community assessment begins with a basic windshield survey where each community subsystem is explored. Explore how communication and education can influence the health of a population. Examine how communication and educational systems can be used to promote and support health. Meet with Mayor Franklin Hill who will provide additional insights into these subsystems. Enter Sentinel City® continue your virtual experience by taking a bus tour of Sentinel City®. Feel free to choose any bus speed and/or get off the bus at any time to walk around. As you take the tour, write down your observations, specifically focused on the following subsystem: Communication and education. Compile your observations and any demographic information addressing each item listed in the first column of the rubric. You are encouraged to add other relevant characteristics you observe that may not be listed in the first column as you complete this activity.
There has been a recent multi-neighborhood foodborne outbreak involving E.coli (Escherichia coli) in Sentinel City®. Sixty elementary school age children were out sick this week. Several adults and children from all four neighborhoods have been evaluated at local clinics and the emergency room with complaints of abdominal pain, sudden severe diarrhea, nausea, and fatigue. What form of formal mass communication would be most effective for educating the public about the causes, symptoms, and prevention of E.coli in the city? Use government websites or scholarly literature to support your rationale for the mass communication method you select. In 150 words or less, develop a newspaper script, poster, billboard, or social media platform appropriate for adults and teen. When preparing information to share with the community, consider demographics of each neighborhood and health literacy.
Reading and Resources
DeMarco & Healey-Walsh (2020) Read Chapters 3 & 5
Review Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2021). National Notifiable Infectious Conditions.
Visit Air Pollution at WHO
Visit CDC Minority Health: Other At Risk Populations