SRJC Course Outlines

5/25/2024 1:18:22 AMCHW 152 Course Outline as of Summer 2005

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  CHW 152Title:  HEALTH ISSUES/RESOURCES  
Full Title:  Health Issues and Resources
Last Reviewed:2/26/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  CHW 52B

Catalog Description:
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Community Health Worker (CHW) students will examine health issues and identify community resources for vulnerable populations in Sonoma County.

Concurrent Enrollment in CHW 152L ( or CHW 52BL) and Concurrent Enrollment in CHW 153 ( or CHW 53)

Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Community Health Worker (CHW) students will examine health issues and identify community resources for vulnerable populations in Sonoma County.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Concurrent Enrollment in CHW 152L ( or CHW 52BL) and Concurrent Enrollment in CHW 153 ( or CHW 53)
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:
1.    Identify and compare special health concerns of vulnerable
     populations: children, youth, the disabled, perinatal women,
     and/or the elderly.
2.    Spell, pronounce, recognize and analyze complex medical terms and
     abbreviations commonly used in community health clinics.
3.    Label anatomical structures on body system charts.
4.    Communicate health messages for pregnant women.
5.    Describe common communicable diseases, analyze and evaluate
     prevention techniques.
6.    Evaluate nutrition suggestions suitable for people from various
7.    Prioritize risk factors for chronic diseases and analyze various
     diversity impacts.
8.    Collect data regarding the problem of violence in various Sonoma
     County communities including assessment of possible causes through
     agency contacts.
9.    Examine ways to prevent family violence in diverse communities.
10.   Identify steps for project planning.
11.   Demonstrate techniques for street safety.
12.   Determine ways a community support network can affect a client's
13.   Select self-care, and stress-management techniques, and demonstrate
     effective time and material management.
14.   Compare and contrast several types of managed care plans, e.g.,
     HMO (Healthcare Maintenance Organization), PPO (Preferred Provider
     Organization), or IPA (Individual Practice Association, and which
     would best serve several specified clients.
15.   Analyze various types of government aid, and eligibility
16.   Examine reasons why uninsured individuals or families would want to
     decrease use of emergency rooms, and develop other options.

Topics and Scope
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I.    Social Reasons which Affect Health
     A. Effects of economic conditions on health
     B. Effects of culture on health
II.   Serving Different Cultures/Populations
     A.   Cultural awareness
     B.   Building multicultural connections
     C.   Community networking and leadership
III.  Personal and Project Planning
     A.   Time management
     B.   Project planning steps and timeline
IV.   Developing Medical Language for Community Health Work
     A. Commonly used medical terms, abbreviations, lab and medical
     B. Connecting anatomy, medical terms, and specific health issues.
V.    Developing Clinical Skills
     A.   Universal precautions for infection control
     B.   Vital signs, gloving, height, weight and sterile technique
     C.   Newborn weights and measurements
     D.   Other clinical skills designated by county health clinics
     E.   Shadowing and practice in county health clinics
VI.   Serving Vulnerable Populations
VII.  Communicable Diseases
     A.   Common communicable diseases in Sonoma County
     B.   Morbidity and mortality comparisons with developing countries'
          most common communicable diseases
     C.   Prevention/immunization
     D.   Strategies for finding cases
VIII. Cancer and Other Non-Communicable Diseases
     A.   Most common cancers - Sonoma County Statistics
     B.   Cancer prevention strategies
     C.   Risks and prevention strategies for these non-communicable
IX.   Nutrition
     A.   Healthy eating habits
     B.   Practical nutrition advice for various cultures
X.   Emotional Challenges
     Dealing with challenging situations, e.g., acculturation, life
     threatening illness, death and dying, loss and trauma.
XI.   Ways to prevent violence in families and communities
XII.  Self-Care for CHWs
     A.   Managing stress and avoiding communicable diseases
     B.   Developing support networks
     C.   Managing time and materials
XIII. Health Policy
     A.   Primary health care
     B.   Types of managed health care plans, e.g., HMO, PPO, IPA.
     C.   Concerns and options regarding emergency care for uninsured
          families and individuals.
XIV.  Qualifications & Resources to Obtain Medical Care
     A.   Medicaid, MediCal, Medicare, GA, SSI
     B.   Changing profile - Who are the needy?

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1.  Conduct Internet research and write a 1-2 page paper regarding 2-4
   health issues in Sonoma County.
2.  Complete cultural awareness interview and questionnaire. Present in
3.  Follow guidelines for time and material management.
4.  Complete worksheets for medical terminology for the appropriate
   due dates.
5.  Make flashcards for medical terms.
6.  Make a list (including the definitions) of commonly used abbreviations
   at a Sonoma County health clinic.
7.  Demonstrate clinical skills, e.g, taking blood pressure and pulse.
8.  Complete chart or field notes on clinical skills.
9.  Health packet: Using communicable disease packet, compare and contrast
   communicable disease morbidity and mortality rates in US, Sonoma
   County, and developing countries.  Also, compare the numbers of people
   immunized. Write a 1-2 page paper on findings.
10. Health packet: Using County Health Profile, list most common diseases
   in Sonoma County.
11. Using acceptable Internet sites research and write 2-3 pages on 3-5
   common diseases in Sonoma County.
12. Keep a nutrition diary for two weeks, complete computerized nutrition
   profile, write an analysis of the profile.
13. Teams will select a case management topic, conduct an interview from
   group composed questions, write a summary and present in class.
14. Research violence in Sonoma County - family, gang, individual -
   following guidelines in the violence prevention packet.  View a
   violence prevention film and write a 1-2 page paper on ways violence
   can be prevented in Sonoma County.
15. Write a 5-10 page research paper regarding a disease or disorder.
16. Quizzes (6-8); final exam.
17. Reading, 5-10 pages per week.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 35%
Written homework, Research papers; chart or field notes.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 15%
Health topic packets; nutrition profile/analysis.
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
15 - 20%
In-class presentations; clinical skills.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 25%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, short essay
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 15%
Participation, Attendance

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Community Services Directory, Volunteer Bureau (new edition each year).
Health Profile, Sonoma County Department of Health Services, 2000.
Kaiser Permanente Healthwise Handbook.  A Self-Care Guide.  2003.

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