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Great to see you posting! Now for the details….

Hi everyone –

I’m seeing several of you posting now, and that’s terrific. Let me remind you all that it’s REALLY important – to ME – that you protect your identity online: See my note about that here, on the PUBH 209 page where I point you to the syllabus and other important stuff. So… again, please guard yourself, by choosing a username that does not identify you, and avoid sharing personal info such as where you work, etc.

Next order of business – let’s go out and find those readings and slide sets! Because now that you’re getting the lay of the land, you should start reading about consumer health. Then you’ll be able to start in with other posts.

Let’s start with a quickie. Here’s a brief page considering what it means to be informed, educated, and empowered – and how those definitions may differ depending on whether you’re the ordinary consumer or the folks selling us stuff. Thinking about these ideas should form part of your first work in learning about consumer health. Now, notice that this page is actually a sub-page under the PUBH 209 sub-page of “4 Other Course Resources.” See how this works?

Here’s a quick video (well, about 20 minutes long) showing you around the content areas of Consuming Health Matters. I show you around the PUBH 209 pages and sub-pages, and point you to how your reading will be connected to assignments, and where you’ll find everything.

Please note – at about minute 10 or so in the video, you’ll see I click on a link to a piece I wrote – and it doesn’t work! (Epic fail, right?) But I have fixed it now, so be sure to go to that page and read the piece. To make it easy, I’ve linked the page right here. Just click on “This is a piece…”

As noted, I’ll be rearranging the Content Pages a bit, and I’ll be posting a Slide Sets page! Look for that to happen soon, and to see your first post prompts popping up soon too. (For now, go ahead and get started reading and learning about the context of consumer health.

Happy Friday afternoon, everybody – make it a healthy and fun one!

–Dr. P

 

Welcome! You’ve found consuming health matters.

If it’s sometime during the week of 19 June 2017, and you’re reading this, chances are you may be one of my summer session PUBH 209 students. If not, you’re welcome here anyway, and I won’t even make you post to earn a grade. Such a deal. Whoever you are, I hope you continue reading and that you find this site valuable in many ways.

Ok – If you ARE a student and you’ve successfully set up your account and logged in, it’s time to post your first post. Click over to the “Getting Started in PUBH 209 work” page and read the Intro post prompt. Then go into your Dashboard and hover on Posts, then on Add New. Start talkin’…

As a public health academic, one focused on helping people make the kinds of change they want in their own lives and for others, I too have found that consuming health matters – a lot. What and how we consume truly does matter, for a variety of reasons. And there’s a lot to discuss when it comes to consuming health matters. (No, I’m not above pointing out the obvious puns when I find them.)

The evidence is growing: What we spend time and money on has impacts on our own lives, on others’ lives, on the planet. Over time this site will grow, and include consumer health-related information on a broad range of topics.

First order of business? Involving public health undergraduate students in the fascinating, frustrating, and frazzling world of consumer health issues and information – and making sure they can move on from there to improved capacity to make better decisions for themselves and help others. Want to take a look at the course content? Start here. Interested in a specific issue area? Hit a “… Matters” page and see if you learn something you can use – and enjoy what you find there. Have a suggestion for a product or topic area we should take on as the site grows in scope and capacity? Contact us through the contact page.