Current Events: Application to HEAL1600
Health and Health Professions
In this independent assignment, students will identify a story in the media and link it to the content of HEAL1600. Students will reflect on how this story (and its link to the course) will impact their roles as student health professionals and/or future health professionals.
Using a story in the media, provide the following information:
Select a story from current events that relates to a determinant of health. This is not an article or news story about healthcare. This is not an academic or journal article. It is an article or news story about a determinant pf health that has an impact on health, either directly or indirectly. This may be from the radio, television, the newspaper, the internet, etc. You must be able to provide the reference for the article (title, date, where it came from, author).
Story Source. Identify any relevant information such as date and location and news source (Examples: CBC, Winnipeg Free Press etc.) Provide a way for the marker to review the source (include a hyperlink, screen shot, scanned copy).
Summary of the story. Using a few sentences, summarize what is happening in your own words. This is the “what?”.
Link to HEAL1600. Identify why you have chosen this story (why is it relevant and/or why did it resonate) and how it fits (or conflicts) with the content you have learned in this course. This is the “so what?”
Impact. How will the link between the story and this course impact you as a healthcare student, a healthcare provider or a healthcare consumer. This is the “now what?”.
Format for this assignment:
Part 1 of the assignment is a presentation of the facts as outlined in the article
Part 2 of the assignment is a narrative reflection of the impact of the situation and a reflection of the student’s reaction to the information.
Answer the following questions about the article:
What is the title of the article?
What is the topic? What is the article/piece about?
What is the source? E.g. Winnipeg Free Press, CBC radio, etc. Identify date, author, and any other relevant information.
What the problem is as outlined:
Determinant of Health
Which determinants of health are involved? Directly or indirectly? Identify each DOH which may be involved
Determinant of Health
Describe how exactly this relates to the determinant(s) of health you have identified
What are your thoughts about this issue
Use the bolded headings “What?, So what?, Now What?” to organize this assignment.
The first section/table is the what.
Part 2 will cover the so what and the now what.
• Link to HEAL1600. Identify why you have chosen this story (why is it relevant and/or why did it resonate) and how it fits (or conflicts) with the content you have learned in this course. This is the “so what?”
• Impact. How will the link between the story and this course impact you as a healthcare student, a healthcare provider or a healthcare consumer. This is the “now what?”.
Single space the paper (leave one line between each section listed above)
Use 12-point font, with one inch margins. This paper is a maximum of 2 pages
Don’t use in-text citations if you’re referring to the article or class notes
Value: 10% of final grade