This source is a short youtube video designed to show students the effects of an aging population on the healthcare system, and how if the healthcare system runs poorly, this older population will fall behind in terms of their health and wellness. I'd like for the students to watch the video in its entirety and then share their thoughts on why the aging population presents a problem for health providers, and then 1 thing the health care system can do to improve patient care for people aged 65 and older. The key takeaways I'd like the students to understand is that our population is growing older year by year, and this creates a unique set of challenges for our healthcare system.
This website by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health teaches students about alternative health practices. The website breaks down alternative health practices into 4 broad categories - nutritional, psychological, physical, and other. Then, it provides specific examples of alternative health practices in each category. By clicking on the specific example, the website redirects you to a page that defines and describes that practice in more detail. This website is great because it provides diagrams; charts; embedded links to additional information; general alternative health practices; and alternative health practices specific to groups like military personnel, cancer patients, and cancer survivors. As an interactive activity, students can separate into small groups. Each member can research a specific alternative health practice like massage therapy, acupuncture, or meditation. After a brief time window like 10-15 minutes, the students can share their findings with the group in the form of a Prezi, Google Slides, or speech. The goal of this activity is for students to become familiar with alternative health practices, be able to list and discuss specific practices, and possibly use some of these practices in their lives.
Complementary, Alternative and Integrative therapies are defined in this unit. More common methods are further explored. Students and teacher have the opportunity to experience guided meditation.
This is a publication from the American Association for Physician Leadership. In the article it talks about leadership in the healthcare field and how leaders can work to resolve conflict in the work place. For an activity, have your students read the article and identify the five ways to defuse a conflict in the healthcare workplace. After their reading, have them them form small groups and have each member of the group share one of the 5 strategies and an example of how they would use it. The key takeaway is for the students to understand the importance of strong leadership and be able to think critically about what they would do if they were in a leadership position.
This research article provides the details of a current immunotherapy study performed by scientists at MIT. Immunotherapy is a relatively new and very promising cancer treatment that is now a focus of many cancer research labs. The article discusses what immunotherapy is, how T cell activation works, and how the treatment has eliminated some tumors in mice. As an interactive activity, students can practice making annotations in the margins of the article to check for understanding. Overall, students who read and dissect this article are learning how to comprehend complex biomedical research studies. As a supplemental activity, teachers can distribute the worksheet quiz posted in WISELearn. This set of questions (true/false, fill in the blank, multiple choice, short answer) assesses the students' comprehension levels of the current MIT immunotherapy research. An answer key is provided. The skills learned from investigating this article can hopefully be used to investigate other current biomedical research for human diseases and disorders.
This virtual textbook on Public Health teaches strategies for disease prevention. The website explains disease prevention using three categories - primary, secondary, and tertiary. In the description of each one, the website includes several examples like vaccination, regular tooth brushing, screening, environmental modifications, and check-ups. The website also provides a chart with three medical conditions and the stages of disease prevention. As an interactive activity, teachers can print out this chart for students, leaving the stages of disease prevention boxes blank. Students can brainstorm what methods of disease prevention would fall under each category of each medical condition. At the end, the teacher can review some correct examples, using the key provided on the website. The goals of this activity are for students to identify methods of disease prevention; identify if the method is primary, secondary, or tertiary; gain an understanding of what primary, secondary, and tertiary mean; and be able to list some strategies of disease prevention for example medical conditions.
This is a blog from St. George's University that provides infographics explaining the benefits of diversity in the healthcare workplace, and why it should be encouraged. An activity I'd like you to do with your students is to have to have them read the whole article and then form small groups of 2 to 3 people. After forming groups, have each student share 1 way that diversity benefits patients, and 1 way diversity benefits health providers. The takeaway should be that diversity is very important in the healthcare space and it promotes better quality of care.
This website provides an icebreaker, presentation/video, and classroom research/discussion activity to teach students about diverse beliefs that impact medical care delivery. The resource provides a lesson plan for teachers which includes learning objectives, lesson format, vocabulary, and materials needed. Through the optional icebreaker, students can reflect on their identities and learn about diversity in the classroom. Through the Cultural Competence presentation and video, students can learn about diversity and culture in general. And through the research/discussion activity, students can understand a certain culture/country and their beliefs on medical care. They can share their findings with a small group and answer some provided discussion questions. Not only does this activity teach students that diversity can impact beliefs and behaviors about medicine, but it also teaches respect for other cultures AND it teaches what specific countries/cultures believe about medicine.
This CDC infographic demonstrates the proper technique of both applying and removing proper PPE in a healthcare setting. This resource is perfect for both visual learners and those who learn best by reading since it provides both text and images. If supplies are available, it would be helpful for the teacher to demonstrate the correct donning and doffing of PPE for the class. Next, students can practice donning and doffing PPE as they explore the infographic. Then to review the content, student volunteers can demonstrate donning and doffing PPE in front of the class, intentionally leaving out a step or two. The class would see if they can catch what the demonstrator did incorrectly. This activity is a great knowledge check.
This source is a website that gives a comprehensive overview of patient medical records, how to access them, and the rights you have as a patients regarding them. For an activity, the students should complete the built in medical record quiz at the bottom of the website. This will test their knowledge of the content they just read in the website. The key takeaway from this site is for students to understand what a health record is and how to access it.
This website by MedicalMutual Insurance Company of Maine provides an example environmental safety plan for a healthcare setting, which includes equipment safety, medication safety, infection control, fire safety, electrical safety, and more. In order to “evaluate” these environmental safety practices, students can reflect on their own experiences being in a healthcare setting as a patient, volunteer, employee, visitor, or student; they can recall which of these environmental safety practices they saw in action and how effective they were. For example, the student may have seen a “no smoking” sign or a properly labeled sharps container. The goal of this activity is to help students become familiar with recognizing and assessing environmental safety in healthcare.
This resource is a quiz posted by Stanford Children's Health that tests students' knowledge of 911 calls and what should constitute them. For an activity, your students should complete the quiz as many times as it takes them to get above an 80%. After completing the quiz come together for a large group discussion and ask the students if they learned anything new or if any of the information surprised them.
This source provides a comprehensive explanation of what HIPAA law is and violations of the law. For an interactive activity, I would have the students read the article and be able to list the 4 main categories of violations and what they each mean in a quiz format. The key takeaways for this source is for the students to understand how important patient privacy is and the penalties and ways you can violate HIPAA.
This source is a publication from Princeton University that provides pictograms for a multitude of hazard symbols commonly seen in many industries including healthcare. For an interactive activity, students should make flashcards similar to ones you would see on online sites like quizlet. On one side, have a drawing of the hazard symbol, and on the back a short description of what the hazard symbol does/is for. Doing this will help students remember the meanings and also reinforce their understanding of them.
This unit takes place over a course of time determined by the teacher. The first and last day provide videos and assessments for health career exploration. In between, the teacher schedules health area professionals to share their pathway, career features, and professional experiences with the students.
This resource is a video posted by Finoit Technologies that provides an overview of the 10 largest challenges our healthcare system faces today and will continue to face in the future. For an activity, I would have your students watch the short video and then have each of them pick one of the ten problems from the video and propose a solution. This will allow your students to think critically and this activity will give them an idea of the problems leaders in healthcare face every day.
This is a site from the University of Texas that lists a variety of health care roles and occupations, and allows viewers to click on these different roles and learn about each one and their responsibilities. For an activity, I would encourage the students to form small groups and have each student choose a different health care role of their own that interests them and follow the site to learn more. After giving the students 10 minutes to explore, have them come back to their small group and share what the role is that they explored and 2-3 responsibilities of that role. The key takeaway here, is that the students will understand that the healthcare field is very broad and that the different occupations within the field can satisfy a lot of interests that they might have, so the opportunities are endless.
Students will be introduced to the US health system and the lack of diversity in our current health care workforce. Students will explore how patient outcomes are positively impacted by a diverse workforce. Cultural Competence will be explored in depth. Approaches to improve the diversity of our health care workforce will be explored. Videos are embedded in this prepared power point which includes various points for students reflection.
Upon completion of an initial health career investigation based on student self-inventories and self-assessments, students select a profession to research in depth. Students utilize a variety of websites as well as personal professional contacts to prepare a health career display and presentation informing others on respective profession. Students use the grading rubric and example presentation to guide their work.
This article provides students with an overview of the Health Information Management(HIM) field, its necessary skills, and its job outlook in the future. For an activity for the students, I would have them read the article and then quiz them on the 4 basic functions of HIM (listed in the article). The key takeaways from this source include the students understanding that HIM is a mix between business, technology, and health as well as the students understanding the different occupations they can choose in this field.