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BIO201 Colorado State Public Health and Environment Discussion

BIO201 Colorado State Public Health and Environment Discussion

Question Description

Please respond to POST 1 AND POST 2 listed below in at least 150 words and 1 APA citation



  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia. (2014). Public health. (For a detailed description of what public health means in common terms.)


Withinthe getting started introduction assignment I mentioned a public healthissue of alcohol abuse within my community. Although, I do not believethis is the top issue in our community, I do believe it has an effect.The goal is to build a healthy community mentally, emotionallyphysically. Therefore, the strategies that I would use to increase andmaintain community involvement in solving this issue follow.

1.) Outreach to the community in how wecan make changes. The goal in this strategy is to communicate, gainknowledge and understanding from the community itself. Going out in thecommunity, especially within the college is of utmost importance inthis strategy.

2.) Creating a committee to do research.Within the community outreach strategy another goal is to findindividuals that also want to seek change in the community on thissubject by creating a committee. Those could be found within theschools, other community events, local businesses and so on. Oncecreated it is the committee’s goal to come up with research, strategiesand ideas to create change as a group. Also, within this strategy,gaining the involvement of local businesses which will play a part instrategy number three as well as the committee utilizing marketingwithin the community and those businesses.

3.) Community engagement mentally,emotionally, and physically. The purpose of this strategy is to get outin the community to utilize those strategies to create change mentally,emotionally and physically. The goal is to create events for thecommunity to attend and engage socially in without the consumption ofalcohol. Some of these events would include talk groups for students,mothers, families etc., with similar issues mentally or emotionally,outdoor group activities, social get togethers to meet new individuals,the creation of events such as comedy shows, concerts, etc. The localbusinesses will play a big part in the events regarding sponsorship, holding events and so on.

All of the strategies listed above arecompletely doable within my community. As for a time frame, I believe 6months to a year would be more than enough time to create the eventslisted in strategy number three. Regardless, each will take time anddedication within the community to see the actual change in howindividuals partake in the events and spend less time seeking socialaspects within a bar or club heavily induced with alcohol.


Mid-City CAN. (2011). What is Building Healthy Communities? Retrieved from


One oftwo examples that I mentioned in my introduction was the increasingrisk of vaping. E-cigarettes are a relatively new tobacco product in theU.S. While much remains to be learned about the lasting healthconsequences of these products, the American Lung Association hasevolving evidence about the impact of e-cigarettes on the lungs. AUniversity of North Carolina study found that the two primaryingredients found in e-cigarettes, propylene glycol, and vegetableglycerin, are toxic to cells and that the more ingredients in ane-liquid, the higher the toxicity (Sassano, Davis, Keating, Zorn, &Kochar, 2018).

At least 15 incidents of lung injuries linked to vaping occurredbefore the 2019 year’s epidemic. The cases spanning the globe from Guamto Japan to England to the U.S. include reports of mysterious pneumoniaand fatal bleeding from tiny air sacs (Langreth, & Etter, 2019).Involvement at every level, from direct service medical resources to theeducational system, become involved. Politics, entertainment, schools,people, and families all recognized as a role necessary in helpingprevent health risks from vaping dangers.

Community involvement in prevention and planning can play asignificant role when real events occur. Planning, training, practice,and resource dedication are necessary to reach a ready status at thecommunity level. Historically underserved communities end up being theareas that have the most significant challenges historically. Communityorganization is also critical for fast response to public health riskoutbreaks. Excellent communication with easy-to-implement messaging cango a long way in training a community to be a willing partner in publichealth protection. This holistic approach leverages the power of manypeople by creating a collective response and directing it to a givenaction goal. Whether that is preparation, knowing where to coordinate,or how to organize, community involvement in public health makes adifference in the success.

Community mobilization is a long-term investment that is of mutualbenefit to Healthcare providers, and policymakers on the one hand andthe community on the other, leading to sustained support at all levelsfor better implementation for the program(s). Health is one of the mostcritical parameters in determining the quality of life, and people areessential assets in the fight to attain better health for themselves.The role of communities in the Public Health sector needs to be reviewedin order to improve community management of health programs further.Community mobilization and optimal involvement is basically abouthelping people to help themselves and thus transforming the Healthecosystem from bottom up (Upadhya, 2017).

There is an excellent promise in leveraging the strengths andresources of both health care and public health systems to createhealthier communities. Hospital community benefit is one critical areaof opportunity for greater collaboration. Historically, nonprofithospitals, as a condition of their tax-exempt status, have been requiredto enhance the health and welfare of their communities. Through theAffordable Care Act, nonprofit hospitals will have the opportunity todirect their community benefit efforts toward public healthinterventions and collaborate more effectively with local healthdepartments. There can be a policy to ban smoking/vamping, but if we donot have a way for smokers to get the help they need to quit, it is notas effective. Moreover, having doctors and nurse practitioners advisingand giving someone tools to quit smoking does not work as well if thereare not community changes in a place like smoke-free indoor spaces thatmake it easier for them to quit. There is an opportunity forcollaboration at the very local level, doctors and nurses workingtogether with public health so that both are aware of the communityresources, and have the data to be able to focus on what the communityneeds (Kuehnert, 2012).

On the marketing spectrum, when addressing these concerns.
1. Paid media
2. Earned media
3. Social media
Strategiescould be everything from petitions to protests. Community leaders canask for resolutions, endorsements, or statements of support from areacities or elected leaders, influencers, organizations like healthcaregroups. Community members could picket vaping manufacturers orretailers. Also, it can create a speaker bureau of doctors, nurses,teachers, who could educate community groups on vaping.

Engagement = Relationship + Action


Kuehnert, P. (2012). Public health & heath care working together.Retrieved from…

Langreth, R. & Etter, L. (2019). Early signs of vaping healthrisks. Retrieved from…

Sassano MF, Davis ES, Keating JE, Zorn BT, Kochar TK, Wolfgang MC, etal. (2018) Evaluation of e-liquid toxicity using an open-sourcehigh-throughput screening assay. PLoS Biol 16(3): e2003904.

Upadhya, S. (2017). Key to addressing public health challenges.Retrieved from…

Edited by William Clark on Oct 8 at 1:25pm