Review the social ecology of health model by completing the following interactive exercise.

The Social Ecology of Health Model

The social ecology of health model provides a strong framework for comprehending the impact culture and behavior has on health. This Discussion explores the model with respect to the Healthy People assigned focus area assigned to you during the In the News assignment.

To prepare for this assignment:

· Review the social ecology of health model by completing the following interactive exercise. It will allow you to deepen your understanding of the model by focusing on each element in the model’s hierarchy.

write a comprehensive response to the following about your Healthy People assigned focus area:

· Reflect on the five hierarchical levels of influence associated with the social ecology of health model (intrapersonal, interpersonal, organizational, community, and society).

· Consider the upstream (primary and secondary prevention) and downstream (tertiary prevention) approaches to the model with your assigned Healthy People assigned focus area. (my topic is NUTRITION AND WEIGHT STUDIES .)

· How might you react to being diagnosed with the disease/condition associated with your Healthy People assigned focus area? What are some of the cultural biases to being diagnosed with this disease?

· Describe one primary and one secondary method of preventing the health problem (i.e., upstream methods). Which would you most likely choose?

· Describe two biomedical methods (tertiary prevention) of dealing with the health problem (i.e., downstream methods).

· In your own words, explain how the social ecology of health model could be used to address this health issue. Give at least one example applying terms from the model.




Required Resources



  • Video: Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009). Behavioral and cultural issues in health care: Health perspectives. Baltimore, MD: Author.Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 12 minutes.

    The scholars in this video, Dr. Joseph Betancourt and Dr. Angela Mickalide, provide their perspectives on culture and health. In addition, they address national efforts to solve health disparities.

    Note: You may view this Course Video in the streaming Media Player below or on the Course DVD, which contains the same content as that which can be viewed through the Media Player. As a reminder, additional Learning Resources for the week are listed below the Media Player. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the web page to view the complete list of Required and Optional Resources.

  • Video: California Newsreel. (2008). Unnatural Causes… Is equality making us sick? [Documentary trailer]. Retrieved from is an informative 5-minute trailer from an acclaimed PBS series. It postulates that poor health is more than bad habits, poor health care, or unlucky genes. Our social circumstances can actually disrupt our physiology as much as germs and viruses.
  • Interactive Exercise: Laureate Education, Inc. (2010). The social ecology of health model. Retrieved from interactive exercise is a tool to integrate the concepts associated with the social ecology of health model. It requires you to drag an element of the model to its corresponding level in the hierarchy.

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