Creating a biography of a health care event from the list on the next page can be challenging, but very interesting. Once you have selected the topic, you will write a 10 to 12 page biography of the event, including references using APA format. Note that plagiarism will not be tolerated and will result in a grade of an F for this course.
All choices on the Health Care Events list have been selected because information about them is available on Google and other sites, but do not use Wikipedia! The biography may also utilize information from professional sources not on the Internet. Requirements for this assignment should generally address the areas outlined below.
Why did the event occur? How did it start and why did it happen? If it was a surprise, why was it not foreseen? If it was planned, what were the reasons it was planned? What is the present status of the event, i.e. is it still occurring, or is it finished? If finished, could it recur?
What were the results of the event? Why were lives lost—or saved? Was there damage or not? What went wrong and what went right? Did the event grow in scope, and if so, how fast or slow? Did it evolve in the way it was planned? If the event were to occur today, do you think the same sequence of results would occur, and if so, why? Could this event occur today?
What did society learn from this event? Did society learn good things or bad things or both? Are negative things still happening? Was the lesson a surprise, or was it expected? Has society accepted all of the lessons the event could teach, e.g. did everyone stop smoking and why not?
What is happening now because of the event? Each of the events listed could be considered a public health event. What did public health officials do because of the event? What should have been done? What are they doing now because of it? Are they doing enough? Why not? What was/is government’s role?
Do you wish you had participated in this event as a public health provider? What traits, education, and experiences were needed for those who were providers to succeed in dealing with this event? Consider the technology and other resources that are available today. How can the health care system better prepare for this type of event in the 21st century?
Health Care Events (since 1900)
1. Framingham Heart Study
2. 1918 Influenza Pandemic
3. Thalidomine & Birth Defects
4. Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment
5. Syndromic Surveillance
6. Polio Eradication
7. Smallpox Eradication
8. De-Institutionalization of the Mentally Ill in New York
10. Bird Flu
11. Jesica Santillan
12. Lyme Disease
13. West Nile Virus
14. DES Daughters & Infertility
15. Iceland and Tonga DNA
16. Zika globally
17. Vioxx Recall
18. Harvard University Nurses Study
19. Bubonic Plague & the Southwest United States
20. Therapeutic Drug Shortages in this decade
21. Legionnaires Disease
22. The Collapse of Health Care During/After Katrina
23. Hantaviruses in America 24. Ebola globally
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