Challenge 1: What is the purpose and what are the core functions of the public health system?
- I can describe the role of the public health system and how it has evolved over time.
- I can assess in general how the public health system has responded to the COVID pandemic.
- I can describe the functions of the public health system.
- I can describe what federal agencies are doing to combat COVID-19.
- I can use evidence to determine how effective federal agencies have been in combating COVID-19.
Activity 1: An Introduction to Public Health - Part One
View & Complete
- Answer the questions in each “Knowledge Check” when prompted in this CDC webinar “Introduction to Public Health” (TOPICS 1-3, minutes 0:00 - 23:53 only)
Reflect & Write/Discuss
- The speaker described “A Public Health Approach” to combating diseases. Identify ways the public health system used the 4-step approach (listed below) to combat COVID-19. List 1-3 ways for each step using data as evidence to support your claim.
- Risk-factor identification
- Intervention/Evaluation Implementation
- Your results in class.
Activity 2 -How are the core sciences combating COVID-19?
Review the Core Sciences
Describe some of the ways the public health system has combated the coronavirus using each of these core sciences. Identify 1-3 ways for each:
- Your results with classmates.
Reflect, Write, & Discuss
- The speaker says “At the core of public health is a principle of ‘social justice’, that people have the right to be healthy and live in conditions to support their health.” Today, some people see public health as a “privilege” instead of a “right.”
- What is the difference?
- Do you think our public health system operates as a privilege or a right? Use at least 3 sources with evidence to support your claim.
- Do you agree or disagree that the US public health system was prepared for the coronavirus pandemic? Why or why not? Use at least 3 sources with evidence to support your claim.
Activity 3: An Introduction to Public Health continued - Part Two
View & Complete
- Answer the questions in each “Knowledge Check” when prompted in Part Two of this CDC webinar “Introduction to Public Health” (TOPICS 4-6, minute 23:53-52:05)
Reflect, Research, & Discuss
The speaker highlights historic policy decisions made to protect the public health, including writing health codes, adopting tobacco laws and food labeling.
- What are some of the policy decisions made to protect the public health during the COVID pandemic? Use at least 3 sources of evidence to support your claim.
Complete the Table
- In groups, fill in the information: Consult federal, state and local government websites to identify the responsibilities for the three major functions of public health systems at each of these levels. Record your findings on a chart like the one shown.
Share & Discuss
- Your results.
Reflect & Write
- Compare and contrast what you think the core systems of government should be doing with what the systems are doing. Identify the gaps.
- What are some possible solutions to reconcile what the core systems of government should be doing with what they are doing?
Activity 4- What federal agencies are primarily responsible for combating COVID-19?
Find out & Discuss
Create a table (spreadsheet) on which to record information that answers the Questions (1-4) for the federal agencies listed below.
- Department of Health and Human Services (H
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)