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I think the further I get into these 400 classes the more difficult and intense the questions are. I am sure I am not the the first who has voiced this opinoin. I have been an R.N. for 20 yrs and I have noticed that the more I preach prevention it appears to me the less people listen.

Here are 4 out of the 10 discussion questions that I have to answer
along with my goup. I have already addressed 6 issues that I was
familar with.

1. Why are health status indicators relevant to epidemiologists and program planners ?

2. How is census data used to assess the health of a defined population cohort?

3. What is a population cohort and how is it used with health status indicators

4. What are the challenges/influences and needs of providng health care services to the users of complementary/alternative medicine (CAM)? What changes need to be made to the allopathic health care delivery model in order to accommodate the needs of the population group?

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Hi there -
I sympathize with those 400 level courses! Hang in there! :) I addressed each of your questions and I hope you find the information below helpful!
1) In July 1991, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) introduced a set of Health Status Indicators that were developed to achieve Objective 22.1 of Healthy People 2000. (Healthy People 2000 was an initiative for improving the health of Americans by the end of the century. Healthy People 2000 contained 319 main objectives grouped into 22 priority areas. The first 21 areas pertain to health promotion, health protection, and preventive services. Area 22, Surveillance and Data Systems, sought to develop an infrastructure to track the objectives and to identify emerging public health issues. A 2010 campaign has since been launched.) The 18 Health Status indicators include measures and/or factors that put individuals at increased risk of disease or premature mortality. They are designed to assist health professionals choose the most appropriate instruments to measure health outcomes and improve quality of life, as well as prevent disparities in health care. For example, the infant mortality rate is a widely used indicator of a population's health status because it is associated with education, economic development, and availability of health services. For a complete list of the health status indicators, go to this site: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/otheract/hp2000/2000indicators.htm
For program planners and epidemiologists, health status ...