1. Use epidemiologic data to identify populations affected by a specific disease.
2. Identify risk factors related to a specific disease.
3. Recommend next steps for public health officials.
4. Determine the effects of social determinants of health on the population and the specific disease.
5. Examine risk assessment and disease prevention/treatment strategies.
6. Present epidemiological information to new public health officials.
For the purpose of this assignment, you are an employee in a state epidemiology department (not Arizona or Missouri) and you have been tasked with creating a presentation on risk assessment in chronic disease epidemiology for the new interns in your office. Choose a chronic disease (e.g., cancer, caries, diabetes) and address the following:
Identify the populations most affected by this disease in your state based on current epidemiological evidence for the state you select (not Arizona or Missouri). Include information on the social determinants of health related to this population. Look on your state health department website, peer-reviewed literature, and other appropriately vetted sources for this information. Please contact your instructor if you are unable to find this information.
Provide examples of specific risk factors related to this disease, supported by evidence.
Discuss how the knowledge of risk factors, determinants of health, and the population can be applied to this disease/condition to aid in disease prevention and/or treatment.
Explain what your department plans to do with this information.