Equality is the bedrock of health, change, and progress, which lies at the heart of what we do at Talance. We strive to further equality within our company but also the neighborhoods, schools and workplaces where you live and work. In the past year, for example, we’ve created courses on hypertension, tobacco use, immunizations, wellness (among others!) that explain how health disparities affect communities each of these areas and what to do about it.
Too Many People and Not Enough Screenings–Here’s How Maine Primary Care Association and the Maine CDC Tackled It
In Maine, where distances are vast and the weather is extreme, too few people were getting mammograms, pap smears and colonoscopies. Plus, it was tough to train the people who could help. Here’s how they made a difference in health outcomes with patient navigator training.
Last week I was getting ready to go out of town and trying to do as much as possible before I left: taking out the trash, running errands, doing last-minute shopping.
The trouble is, it was 102°F, and I was ignoring the hot weather.
The afternoon wore on and I finished the last of my water. I felt light-headed and like someone was pressing a thumbtack into the top of my head. Still, I ignored it. It wasn’t until I reached for a doorknob and missed it by about four inches that it occurred to me I probably had heat exhaustion and had better get home.
As an instructional designer, I use my expertise in teaching and learning to create learning experiences on a wide variety of health topics. Whether I’m developing a course on breast cancer genetics or oral health, a significant part of the process is partnering with experts in the field to develop courses that are informative, engaging and effective. Since many of these courses are written for frontline health workers, they must also motivate participants to make positive changes in their communities.
Here’s a harsh bit of reality for you: there is no magical method to making healthy lifestyle changes. Fad diets and exercise crazes might make it seem like there is, but they’re wrong. Sad news for the members of your community who want to change thier behavior.
The truth is that the secret to meeting overall health recommendations, from quitting smoking to getting more exercise, is to put one foot in front of the other--and keep doing it. Changing the way you live is simply hard. It just is.