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Utilize the required readings for this module and access http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/ to write a short paper (2-3 pages) addressing the following items in particular: Describe the County Health Rankings. At the County Health Ranking’s Web page, click on the “search by county, state, or topic” area.

Case Assignment

Utilize the required readings for this module and access http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/ to write a short paper (2-3 pages) addressing the following items in particular:

  1. Describe the County Health Rankings.
  2. At the County Health Ranking’s Web page, click on the “search by county, state, or topic” area.
    1. Search for “Orange, CA” information.
    2. Identify Orange County, California’s ranking under “Health Behaviors”.
    3. Identify percentages of 4 health behaviors listed under Orange County.
    4. Search for your Local County and State where you currently live.
    5. Briefly summarize findings about your local county and state’s health outcomes (example: to length of life, quality of life, and health behaviors).
  3. In your own  words, define “risk factors” and provide examples of risk  factors for health behaviors you identified in #2 above. Be sure to cite a reference even though you used your own words.
  4. Research and identify another source of data for health behaviors (e.g., national database or tracking system).

Required Reading

Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors. (2006). Conduct a community assessment: Chapter overview. Accessed from Moving to the Future website: http://www.movingtothefuture.org/story_read.php?sid=d1871c&story_id=157&chapter_id=12&origin1=chapter_contents

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2014). The behavioral risk factor surveillance system. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/about/

Glanz, K. (n.d.) Social and behavioral theories. Retrieved from http://www.esourceresearch.org/eSourceBook/SocialandBehavioralTheories/1LearningObjectives/tabid/724/Default.aspx. Also available as pdf at http://www.esourceresearch.org/Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/Public/Glanz_FullChapter.pdf

Glanz, K., Rimer, B.K., & Viswanath, K. (Eds.) (2008). Health behavior and health education: Theory, research, and practice (4th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2016). County health rankings & roadmaps. Retrieved from http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Cancer Institute, and National Cancer Institute. (2005). Theory at a glance (2nd ed.). Retrieved from http://www.sbccimplementationkits.org/demandrmnch/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Theory-at-a-Glance-A-Guide-For-Health-Promotion-Practice.pdf

Optional Reading

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2011). Surveillance  of certain health behaviors and conditions among States and selected  local areas—behavioral risk factor surveillance system, United States,  2009. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report-Surveillance Summaries, 60(9), 1-250. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/ss/ss6009.pdf

Committee on Health and Behavior: Research, Practice, and Policy, Board on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health (2001). Health and behavior: The interplay between the biological, behavioral, and societal influences (pp. 19-166). Washington, DC: National Academy Press. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20669491

Committee on Health and Behavior: Research, Practice, and Policy,  Board on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health (2001). Individuals and  families: Models and interventions. Health and behavior: The interplay between the biological, behavioral, and societal influences (pp. 179-221). Washington, DC: National Academy Press. Retrieved from http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=9838&page=179

U.S. Public Health Services (2011). Introduction to risk and protective factors. Youth Violence: A Report of Surgeon General [Chapter 4]. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK44293/

World Health Organization (1998). Health promotion glossary.  Geneva, Switzerland: Division of Health Promotion, Education and  Communications, Health Education and Health Promotion Unit. Retrieved  from http://www.who.int/healthpromotion/about/HPG/en/

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