Course: Schools and Health

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» School Site Visit Project

Each student will make two (2) school site visits to learn about urban public schools and health activities within them. One visit will be to a traditional school health services program and the other to a school-based health center. Visits will be set up by the instructor to be done during two class periods based on site availability.  Students will go in groups of 2 to 4 (depending on the number of enrollees in the class and the availability of transportation). The schools represent a variety of elementary, middle, and high schools in Baltimore City. 

Each group will develop and give a presentation based on their observations in the context of the CDC/DASH Coordinated School Health model.  Presentations must include content from both the school health services visit and school-based health center visit. Groups are required to use PowerPoint slides, and each group member must participate in the discussion/presentation.  Each presentation should be no more than 10-15 minutes depending on time availability and class size.

Presentations should include:

  1. A description the program target population;
  2. A description of  the health challenges/issues faced by the target population;
  3. A description of the program's components, administration, staffing and funding. When describing the program components, be sure to include activities that show evidence of coordination with other school health components;
  4. A description the program's greatest challenges and successes, and
  5. An analysis of your group's observations about the two programs in the context of the class material, including but not limited to a comparison of how the two types of health service programs differ or are similar, how they contribute to meeting the health needs of the school population, how education is supported  by the program activities, and the role of the school health services staff in program development (program development priorities). 

Presentations will be graded based on:

  1. Adherence to the specified content areas listed above (15 points);
  2. Overall organization (5 points); and
  3. Individual student's contribution/participation in the presentation. (10 points).

» Public Health Problem Analysis

Select a public health issue of interest to you and use the CDC/DASH Coordinated School Health model to discuss how schools could address the issue.  The problem analysis will be graded based on the following components:

  1. Description/analysis of the public health problem (5 points);
  2. Discussion of policy and program considerations/recommendations for how schools could address the issue using the CSHP model
    1. Consideration of all 8 components of coordinated school health (10 points);
    2. Coordination/collaboration between the components (10 points);
  3. Demonstrated understanding of the principles of  coordinated school health (10 points);
  4. Inclusion of  course readings, class discussions and site visit experiences (3 points); and
  5. Use of a variety of literature to substantiate your discussion and recommendations (2 points).
  6. Points may be deducted from the final assignment grade for careless grammar and spelling errors.

The description of the health problem is not to exceed 1.5 pages.  The paper as a whole should be no more than 15 pages, 12 font, double spaced, 1" margins on both sides.