Unit 3: Vulnerable Populations and Health Disparities
The third unit, Vulnerable Populations and Health Disparities, emphasizes a diversity of populations, their environments, and associated health issues. This unit allows students to understand the historical, socioeconomic and cultural dimensions of these groups, to speak persuasively about their human dimension, and to care about particular issues related to the natural and built environment from which to craft health prevention and intervention approaches. Three weeks are devoted to teaching this unit.
Human Dimensions. Learn about oneself and the context in which others operate to better integrate that understanding when evaluating differing built environments, socioeconomic positions, social and cultural backgrounds, and health status.
Caring. Adopt new feelings, interests or values based on issues addressed throughout the semester.
- Vulnerable Populations (the poor, children, women, the elderly, the disabled, and minorities) and Health Disparities
- Mental Health
- Social Capital
- Environmental Justice
Books (select chapters)
Frumkin H, Frank L, Jackson R. Urban sprawl and public health: designing, planning, and building for healthy communities. Washington DC: Island Press, 2004.
Kawachi I, Berkman LF. Neighborhoods and health. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Morris M, Duncan R, Hannaford K, et al. Integrating planning and public health. Chicago: APA Planning Advisory Service, 2006.
Leyden KM. Social capital and the built environment: the importance of walkable neighborhoods. Am J Public Health 2003;93(9):1546 –51.
McMillan TE. Urban form and a child’s trip to school: the current literature and a model for future research. J Planning Literature 2005; 19(4):440 –56.
Martin M, Leonard M, Allen S, Botchwey N, Carney M. Commentary: Using Culturally Competent Strategies to Improve Traffic Safety in the Black Community. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2004;44(4): 414-418.
- Newspaper op-ed article or radio perspective