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HNSC 4152 Program Planning and Community Health Education: Current Health Issues in the US.

Activity Description for Current Health Issues in the US


Choose ONE video documentary from this list and watch on your own (outside of class):

  1. PBS Nova on Vaccines "Calling the Shots"
  2. Frontline "Supplements and Safety"
  3. Frontline "Chasing Heroin"


  1. Discuss video you watched in class
  2. Pick ONE article from those listed below to read and discuss for next class (2/27/18)
    1. "Donald Trump Should Know: This Is What Climate Change Costs Us"
    2. "When Cutting Access to Health Care, There’s a Price to Pay"
    3. "Drug Overdoses Propel Rise in Mortality Rates of Young Whites"
    4. "How the Epidemic of Drug Overdose Deaths Rippled Across America"
    5. "A Strong Case Against a Pesticide Does Not Faze E.P.A. Under Trump"
    6. "This Pesticide Is Prohibited in Britain. Why Is It Still Being Exported?"


  1. Discuss article you read in class

Failure to do all above will result in 2 point deduction from your participation points

Video: "Calling the Shots"

Questions for Calling the Shots

  1. What are the roles of health educators here?
  2. What are the reasons some people refuse to have vaccines for themselves or for their children?

Video: Frontline: Supplements & Safety

Questions for Supplements and Safety:

  1. Who regulates supplements?
  2. Why these pesticides are not banned by our EPA?

Audio: Frontline: Supplements & Safety

Listen to: "Supplements & Safety"

Transcript: Frontline: Supplements & Safety

Video: Frontline: Chasing Heroine

Questions for Chasing Heroine:

  1. Are these typical drug users you think of?

Audio: Frontline: Chasing Heroine

Listen to: "Chasing Heroin"

Transcript: Frontline: Chasing Heroine

Readings: Current Health Issues in the US

Reading Assignment:

Pick one article to read and be prepared to discuss in class on 2/27/18

Remember you can get a free CUNY NYTimes account, to gain access to NYTimes Digital.

  1. What is the main drug epidemic of the US today?
  2. Who suffers more from it today?
  3. What are the causes?
  4. What can be done?
  1. Why these pesticides are not banned by our EPA?
  2. What is at stake?
  3. What is to be done?