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1. Identify either a short video or summary article that summarizes or highlights a community intervention (or an intervention in a community).  Share the link in your post and describe whether it is a community intervention or intervention in a community and describe how you have made this differentiation (what is the difference in your example?).

2. Read the three articles about the case of 12 year old Deamonte Driver.

Otto, M. (2008, February 28). For want of a dentistLinks to an external site.. The Washington Post. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/27/AR2007022702116.htmlLinks to an external site.

Driessen, K. (2012, February 15). 5 years after boy dies from toothacheLinks to an external site., Maryland Medicaid dental care is on mend. The Washington Post. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/5-years-after-boy-dies-from-toothache-maryland-medicaid-dental-care-is-on-mend/2012/02/15/gIQANEJoGR_story.htmlLinks to an external site. Links to an external site.

Imagine you are a community health planner and this happened in your town. Using what you have learned about planning (specifically Phase 1 and Phase 2…see pages 96 & 97) – and using some of the guiding questions presented throughout your textbook chapter this week, What would you do? Where would you start? Don’t forget to think about the “layers of the onion” and “picking your battles”. It might help to re-visit the videos from the beginning of this week as well.  There are no right or wrong answers – and this may feel “messy” – and this is ok.  This is an opportunity to try your hand at using planning to connect theory to a very real public health issue – oral health. 

Hopefully, by reviewing the story of Deamonte Driver, you will also see a very real public health case illustrating how the social ecological model, upstream thinking, prevention and return on investment can save lives. 


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