What are the main factors that would determine the health of a poor person in a low-income country?

Here are the questions for this week. Be sure to include the number of the question in your answers. Do not retype or cut and paste the questions into your answers, please. Please remember that these OD time out – so be sure to save your answers (frequently) or, better yet – write them in a word document and then cut and paste.

1. If you could only pick one indicator to describe the health status of a poor country, which indicator would you use and why? I want to know what YOU think – not just what is in the book. (CH. 2; Table 2-1). Cite your textbook at least once (page number only – no quotes).

2. What are the main factors that would determine the health of a poor person in a low-income country? Read the vignettes at the beginning of the chapter. What are your thoughts about anything that is mentioned in the vignettes? I want to know what YOU think – not just what’s in the book. (CH. 2). Cite your textbook at least once (page number only – no quotes).

3. When you, personally, hear the words “Global Health“, what are your thoughts? How would YOU describe “Global Health”? Don’t look this up. Just tell us your thoughts.

4. Have you, personally, ever been out of the US (any country including Canada and Mexico)? If so, did you think about what you would do, where you would go, for health care if you became ill? If not, same question: how would you go about getting health care in another country?

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PS: When I was a nursing student (1970), my young (27 years old) instructor was newly married. She had honeymooned in Italy. While there, she became ill and was prescribed chloramphenicol. When she returned to the US, she taught us. At one point, another student mentioned that our teacher was very pale. Several months later she was diagnosed with aplastic anemia (a rare side effect of chloramphenicol). She fought a hard fight but subsequently died. This still breaks my heart…. This is an example of what might happen when medical care is sought outside of the US.

PPS: Whenever I leave the US, I bring along a literal “pharmacia” which includes Nyquil, allergy meds, ibuprofen, Imodium, Cipro, etc. I’ve been ill in several countries – most recently in Vietnam in 2019. Luckily, I’m a consultant at a university with a medical school so was seen, immediately, by a physician who is also on faculty there. Drugs are very cheap in Vietnam, too, and easily available at small pharmacies.

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Note the deadline for the Online Discussion. No late entries will be accepted except for extenuating circumstances as determined by B. Beard. Decisions are final.

PS: no need to reference our textbook unless you want to. Citations, with page numbers, only are required

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Here is some direction for how you will answer questions using the reading from your textbook. You’ll be using your textbook for discussions #2-7.

* I want you to read the material, think about it, and then answer the question. You need to say something like: “It was interesting that Skolnik (page 111) said he likes Cavalier King Charles Spaniels since I like them too. But, I prefer pit bulls because they are more aggressive” And then write a long paragraph or two (or three) explaining what you think and feel.

These were wild sentences but, essentially, gets at what I want. Be sure to write a nice, full paragraph for each question/answer. In the beginning, students tend to write too little. If you wait too long in the week, you won’t have time to think about the material in Skolnik before you write YOUR thoughts…

You don’t need to use APA or any other formal way of writing.

Years ago, I wanted to avoid accusing students of plagiarism (and going through the EMU student conduct review process – plagiarism is a huge problem today). So, I came up with this plan: read the material; think about it; answer questions posed. But, I then found that students didn’t buy the textbook. They went online and found something that “sounded” good. I wanted you to buy this textbook (it’s very good). As a result, I had to add the “cite your textbook one time” thing.

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