Wanted: Health Care Experiencers

By Kirk Brumels and Maureen Dunn

 

It has been said that experience is the world’s greatest teacher and while that may be true, in order to gain knowledge from life’s lessons we need to be willing participants and eager students. That’s why we are writing. Applications for Kinesiology 212/214, the Health Advocacy and Community Care Coordination Course Sequence are being accepted until October 13, 2017. We are looking for 12 students who want to immerse themselves in health care at its most primary source and engage in discussions and experiences that will require an active engagement with the delivery of health care and associated experiences. These courses reflect a recent partnership created with Holland Hospital. Students taking these courses will be given the opportunity to study significant issues concerning health care aimed at developing practical approaches to supporting patients in the community.

The Health Advocacy and Community Care course sequence consists of 2 courses and applicants must be willing and able to complete both. Each course is 1 credit hour and must be taken in spring and fall semesters of the same calendar year. The 2018 spring semester course will use a seminar format, with students meeting on Monday evenings from 5-6:30 pm. Students will identify barriers to effective health care as well as strategies for enabling at-risk patients to play a more active role in promoting their own health and well-being. Interactive and thought-provoking group discussions based on class presentations and readings will help prepare students to act as health advocates in the community. Students will learn about population medicine; specific chronic diseases in the community setting; ethical dilemmas about the uninsured and underinsured; methods of improving compliance, and measuring outcomes to name a few topics.

Participation in the fall practicum requires a grade of B or higher in the spring seminar course. Students will visit patient’s homes 1-2 times weekly where they will provide hands-on application of knowledge to patient situations in the community setting, allowing students to work with a health care team of providers at a more in-depth level. In addition, students will meet once every 2 weeks from 7:15-8:15 am on Wednesdays to discuss experiences with the health care management team.

If you are interested, please use this link to access the application and additional information about the course.  Also, click here to view one student’s comments about what this experience taught him.

 

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