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Welcome to Week Six – Winding down and taking stock….

As you focus on catching up, and producing a powerful photovoice assignment, take a moment to reflect on the PUBH 209 course objectives outlined in the syllabus. Please review them.

Course Objectives Reflective Prompt – due PW Friday July 28 or LC Sunday July 30
By the LC deadline of next Sunday July 30 at 10pm, post a reflective statement about your progress in consumer health, how meaningful you believe it is for most public health students (or even others) to be able to do the things on the list, and other thoughts about the course objectives, especially as they relate to improving personal and societal health and other outcomes. Use your username and Course Objectives as tags and Reflection as the category. I’ve copied the course objectives here below for your convenience.

Course Objectives: By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • describe the impact of recent health care legislation on consumers;
  • describe U.S. consumer protection laws, agencies, and strategies;
  • find and use credible information about health-related services & products;‎
  • describe industry influence, fraud, quackery & unscientific claims
  • collect and share qualitative data regarding consumer health
  • outline key historical events that affect people’s choices and outcomes in a given realm of consumer decisions
  • provide and analyze examples of credible, accessible consumer-relevant information and sources, with an emphasis on helping others to distinguish between sources that help and hinder healthy decision making.
  • compare health-related policy and societal decision making in the United States and other locations, as well as across regions of the United States; as a result of comparing these contexts, they will be able to emphasize any apparent links to health behavior, choices, and outcomes.

It is my hope that you find that, through the materials provided to you and the requirements for you to read, think, explore, and write about consumer health-relevant issues and strategies, you can do at least 5 of the listed items very well, at least one other on the list fairly well, and at least one other adequately.

(Keep in mind that at THIS point we still have 1/6 of the class to go, so if there is an item you believe you can not do at all or can only do marginally at best, you still have a week to work on that skill! You may perhaps decide to address that intention in your reflective statement….)

Photovoice Guidelines – pls review ASAP!

Hi all – I was just alerted by one of you that it may not have been obvious when the Photovoice guidelines were posted.

If you have NOT yet seen those, please DO review them here right away. The general gist:

  • Photovoice/digital storytelling helps people use images to discuss societal problems.
  • You decide on an consumer health issue area of interest to you, and take 3 to 5 photos (OR shoot a short video) that help you answer two questions from the following list:
    • How healthy IS it?”
    • “What choice/s do I have?”
    • “Do I really know what I need to to make a healthy choice?”
    • “Why is it so difficult to be healthy/easy to be unhealthy?”
    • “What’s depletion got to do with it?”
    • “TMI but not the right kind or layout to help me make a good decision?”
    • “Who has the upper hand and how?”
    • “Who’s selling me what?”
    • “What’s the typical discourse (what “most people” say?) about this & similar products/services?”
  • By Wednesday (July 19) I would like a brief post (with appropriate tags and category) telling me what direction you’re going in (topic/issue area and your chosen questions)
  • By Friday July 28*, please post a post with
    • 1) your photos or video (either by ppt file or simply as photos inserted in your post) and
    • 2) two brief narratives, each 250 to 500 words, the first
      • discussing how your photos or video help you think about and answer the questions you chose, and the second
      • discussing the experience of taking the photos or video.
  • For more details, again, visit the guidelines, bottom of Guidelines and Deadlines page, here

End of Week Four – Happy Friday, but let’s talk about death and dying a bit….

As you’ll hear if you head over to Canvas and listen to the recording of today’s conference/chat session, today I attended a memorial for the brother of close friends. It made me think about the individual choices we have – and CAN make – as consumers, and how difficult that decisionmaking and choosing IS for many of us.

As I noted in the recording, you have access to a Content Page on Illness and Mortality Matters, but I want to call out a couple of the resources included there.

First, take a look at the FAQ page of the Honoring Choices website. It’s a really good place to start for folks wanting to learn more about this important aspect of life and how best to make sure their own wishes are known and respected. Here comes a challenge….

CHALLENGE: After reviewing Honoring Choices information, have a conversation with someone you love (OR have an imaginary conversation with that person). How do you start the conversation? What do they say? What does it feel like to take this step as a consumer?

Post your reply by PW deadline of NEXT Friday July 21, or LC deadline of Sunday July 23. Use your username and Challenge as tags, and choose the Challenge category!

NOTE: If thinking about death and dying is hard for you, I understand. It’s hard for all of us, and in my family we tend NOT to discuss it (or our options) at all. It’s simply TOO difficult for some of my family members. I really wish it wasn’t that way, because I know there’s going to be a time when I will simply have to deal with the dying and deaths of my parents. And I know that would be just a little easier if we’d shared our thinking and wishes in advance. Btw, I intend to take myself up on this challenge. I think I’ll be doing the imaginary version. But that will help prepare me to push again to hold a REAL conversation and become an active, healthy consumer in this area of life….

 

Week Four middle… Keep at it. I am too!

You’ll now see ALL the remaining post opportunities up for your viewing and responding enjoyment, under their appropriate sub-pages below the Course Assignments page. You’ll also note that, at the bottom of the Guidelines and Deadlines page, the Photovoice project guidelines are up!

If you have time, join me in Canvas at 4pm (just a few minutes away, as I write this). If not, perhaps Friday at 2 – or you can review the recording once I figure out how to share it.

Happy Wednesday afternoon….  –DrP

Week Four Continues – Challenge posts and conferences/chats….

One of you asked about the “challenge” posts. Hint: There’s one embedded in the Greenwashing slides (unmissable hint: at the end, slide 10). Haven’t browsed the Greenwashing slides yet? Why not? Go here now to do so – I guarantee you’ll be fascinated and irritated….

So I hung out by myself in Canvas for an hour this morning, but used my time well and learned all about bigbluebutton (the technology for web conferencing that is embedded in Canvas). I’m really looking forward to tomorrow afternoon’s conference/chat, and to recording it for those who miss it to enjoy and learn from!

Read – or reread – below, for your next interaction opportunities.

Ok, we’re midway through class, and I see most of you actively participating, showing your learning and understanding of course materials, and in particular showing your existing – or growing – interest in consumer health issues. That’s terrific.

How about we try for a synchronous (aka real time) interaction – such as a conference/ “chat”? To do that, I think the easiest way would be in Canvas. I recognize that although some of you may find it of value, others would not as much, or would just have too much difficulty scheduling it during any “reasonable” hour.  Thus, unlike weekly and other posts, this opportunity is not mandatory as part of your summer PUBH 209 credits. It’s just to help 1) with any tech/course structure understanding issues (although, as you know, I’m available by phone and email too) and 2) augment your learning and interest building. If it works well, I’m happy to schedule one each of the remaining weeks, and I will also record any that we hold so that those of you who can’t join one can review the conversations on your own.

Here are three times this coming week that I will be hanging out in Canvas waiting for you to join and discuss PUBH 209 and consumer health with me:

  1. Tuesday – 10am
  2. Wednesday – 4pm
  3. Friday – 2pm

I’ll be using the “Conference” tool in Canvas, and it’ll invite you. You will probably have to accept the invitation. Again, I’ll record each session so you can review when you’re free.

Glossary Building posts clarification!

Just had a good question: “Our own words or copy and paste?”

Short answer – Either is fine. You will of course also want to cite (and list) your sources either way.

Longer answer – Make your post meaningful by sharing some context; tell us why you find the terms important, where you ran across them, and where you looked to find a useful definition.

Looking forward to more good thinking in consumer health!  –DrP

The Monday July 3 Summary/Digest. Read here!

Hello and happy odd holiday weekend, right?

Rather than posting two separate posts leading you to responsibilities and opportunities, here’s a single post with information you should have right now.

First, if you have NOT yet been using the slides, please start. Although I haven’t specifically required you to include info from them as part of your posts, you’ll learn a great deal from them about consumer health as an area of public health. AND – bonus! – there’s a “Challenge” in one of them. Scavenger hunt!!!!! You know you want to…..

You’ll also find a third “Thinking and Discourse Prompt” up, and it specifically does invite you to make use of slides information. I look forward to seeing some of you posting to that prompt. Visit it here!

Glossary Building Posts – here’s how!

A total of five* Glossary Building posts are due by the end of the quarter. Try to post GBs every week, when new terms are hitting you, rather than rushing to post all five and having to search for terms to include. (*Note: Because I’m just getting the guidelines to you and there are only four weeks left officially, you may opt to replace one with a “challenge” or other “extra learning” post.)

Click here to see the GB guidelines at the Guidelines and Deadlines page, or keep reading.

A glossary is a specialized list of terms and definitions. You may find regular words, just like in a dictionary, but with an additional meaning or a “twist” for the context. You may find some acronyms or even concocted terms or phrases very specific to a given field, industry, or organization.

Each of your GB posts should include at least three terms that you believe are important for a glossary in consumer health, particularly if consumer health content is a chance to empower others to make the healthiest choices they want to make.

Posting on time, with attention to detail, correct citing of sources, and a readable, user-friendly approach – AND using your username as a tag and glossary as the category – will earn you the possibility of a High Pass (5/A) for your GB post.

Grading your posts – and UNcategorizing the uncategorized category!

Hi everyone –

Visit Canvas when you get a chance and would like to see your scores and comments for work so far. You should see a checkbox in an assignment if I’ve seen a post pop in for you, AND you’ll see a comment, starting with the grade assigned according to the grading rubric, which, as a reminder, is viewable here.

I just now also put up a support page, with a new (4-minute) Snagit video on why we should shrink the UNcategorized category, and how to do that. Check it out! The brief version: When you post, be sure to uncheck that category, and be sure to check a more meaningful category. And, if you get time, go in and edit a post you left as uncategorized, to take that uncategorized category away.

That’s all for now. More later…. DrP

Health Care Prompt One up

Hi all – take a peek here. That second prompt is up now, as an option for “extra learning.” Remember that “Perfect World” (Friday, 10pm) and “Last Chance” (Sunday, 10pm) deadlines apply, for all posts you choose to complete. Remember that you must do a total of five. You must ALSO choose one post per week. (Meaning that you can NOT skip a week or two, and then rush out five posts in the last two weeks, covering only two topics.)

Just a reminder that the course rubric is also up – with an explanation of how it works and why. View that here at the Guidelines and Deadlines page! Please do let me know if you have questions. I’m on email and available by office phone almost all day, most days.