West Coast University Week 1 C SPAN Opioids Stakeholders Discussion

Prompt 1: According to the C-SPAN video you watched (Week 1 Required Video), who are the key stakeholders in this crisis? How would you classify them and why (low power/high legitimacy or high power/low legitimacy)? What healthcare policies, if any, contributed to the rise of the opioid crisis? What ethical issues resulted because of these policies? What changes could correct these ethical infractions?

Prompt 2: During weeks 1–4, you will be working through a real-world scenario, Pathways to Safer Opioid Use. Each week, you will play the part of one of the characters, making decisions along the way. Your decisions will influence the outcome of the scenario. By working through these characters, you will gain an interdisciplinary insight into how you will interact with others as a public health professional on the opioid crisis.

Link to access scenario: https://health.gov/hcq/trainings/pathways/index.html

Complete the character role of primary care physician Dr. Martin Bright. You can work through this character more than once, making different decisions to alter the outcome. Once you have completed this role, answer the following:

What decisions did you make in this scenario? Did you change any of your answers? Did anything surprise you? As a public health professional, how can you work with primary care physicians on the opioid crisis?

Prompt 3:Review what you have learned about the following historical figures in infectious disease:

  • Ignaz Semmelweis
  • Joseph Lister
  • Louis Pasteur
  • Edward Jenner
  • Florence Nightingale

For your first post, research one of these historical figures and describe his/her role in the evolution of infectious disease epidemiology and infectious disease management.

For your follow-up posts, find two classmates who chose a different person.

What did you learn during your research? What did you learn from your classmates?

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