AHS 55: COMMUNITY HEALTH PROMOTION
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Hours:||1 lecture, 3 laboratory per week (48 total per quarter)|
|Advisory:||This course requires clinical field experiences that may take place outside of the U.S.; the cost of travel is borne by the student.|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade Only|
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate clinical skills of taking vital signs on a patient.
- Students will provide accurate education for patients/clients and communities about effective health practices and prevention.
The student will be able to:
A. evaluate the cultural aspects of health and wellness
B. identify key components of effective communication with patients/clients
C. demonstrate clinical skills of taking a health history and vital signs
D. demonstrate how to educate patients/clients and communities about effective health practices and prevention
E. utilize appropriate infection control procedures
F. exhibit professionalism in behavior appropriate to the medical/dental environment
A. Cultural factors influencing health and wellness in underserved populations
B. Effective communication with patients/clients
1. Interviewing patients/clients for medical/dental issues
2. Working with an interpreter and non-English speaking patients/clients
3. Patient/client confidentiality
C. Principles of taking medical/dental history and vital signs
1. Open-ended questions
2. Vitals signs: pulse, respiration, temperature, blood pressure
3. Significance of exam findings and referral process
D. Community and patient/client wellness
1. Disease risk factors in the community population
2. Treatment and prevention strategies
3. Development of appropriate educational materials for the community
4. Working with inter-professional medical/dental teams
E. Infection control
1. Risks associated with cross contamination and spread of disease
2. Procedures for disinfection and sterilization
3. Personal protections to avoid disease transmission
F. Professionalism standards for health care workers and volunteers
1. Advocacy for underserved populations
2. Inter-professional relationships
3. Ethical principle of non-maleficence (do no harm)
Field experience with an emphasis on identifying and utilizing community resources to facilitate wellness in a community that is underserved. Skills taught include:
A. holistic approaches to disease and health
B. basic patient assessment procedures
C. multicultural issues in health
D. infection control and prevention of disease transmission
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
Method(s) of Evaluation
The student will demonstrate proficiency by:
A. Exams including multiple-choice and short answer/essay questions.
B. Analysis and reflection paper on clinical field experiences.
C. Demonstration of appropriate and safe patient care skills, including: communication, taking vital signs, documenting patient treatment, working cooperatively and under the supervision with health care professionals.
Method(s) of Instruction
C. Web-based tutorials/case studies
D. Clinical field experience
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Bertold, Tim, et al. Foundations for Community Health Workers. 2nd ed. Wiley, John & Sons, Inc., 2016.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Written analysis and reflection of clinical and cultural experiences of the field experiences
B. Reading assignment related to the culture where the field experiences will take place to understand the cultural issues and health beliefs of the patient population.