Tutor profile: Traci M.
Subject: Public Health
Why write in Public Health?
Within the discipline of Public Health, the ability to write well will be the instrument used to convey complex messages, policies, and practices with the public. Public Health professionals may be called upon to communicate a message, policy, or practice on a vast many topics including: age, gender, education, economics, race, sex, culture, medicine, genetics, individual behavior, family, community, and social justice. Professionals in this field speak to individuals such as researchers, practitioners, health providers, administrators, policy-makers, journalists, educators, and communities to improve the outcomes or environments of those affected by the issue being communicated. Public Health professional should be efficient in writing in various genres or formats to efficiently communicate to a wide-range of audiences because the issues facing the world are too serious to remain in darkness, but must be brought into the light through persuasive and thoughtful prose. The National Writing Project, which provides professional development to improve writing skills for educators, concluded in 2014 that “writing is essential to communication, learning, and citizenship. It is the currency of the new workplace and global economy. Writing helps us convey ideas, solve problems, and understand our changing world. Writing is a bridge to the future.” Therefore, it is imperative that Public Health professional be effective communicators and write.
Subject: Health and Medicine
What do health and medicine mean? Are they juxtapositional or oppositional?
By definition, health is defined as the condition of being well or free from disease. There are six steps to good health: good sleep hygiene, lowering mental stress, getting outdoors, eliminating inflammatory foods, healing the gut, and reducing your exposure to environmental toxins. By definition, medicine is defined as something that affects well-being or a substance or preparation used in treating disease. These terms are in opposition to each other. Health is prior to or prevention of disease; and medicine is following exposure to or the remedy for disease once it is present. It is important to make this distinction if you plan a profession within any field of health and medicine. As a healthcare professional, we must understand the difference in the terms above and then, teach this difference to our patients. It is much easier to educate than it is to medicate. Teaching our healthcare professionals and our patients the definition of health and the steps to good health will go a long way towards the prevention of disease for a healthy, more homeostatic society.
What is the most difficult part of writing? Why?
Reading and writing walk in lockstep together. If you are a prolific reader, then you will be a proficient and articulate writer regardless of writing style. Writing begins as you start to formulate a question to answer an unanswered question. A research question will make or break a writing project, so make it a good one. The research question effects every component of the writing process that follows. The writer can not find the answer to a question, if he or she does not know what the question is. Writing is one part of a four-pronged approach to teaching our students to become confident and competent communicators and thinkers, therefore it is imperative that we begin at the beginning and formulate a good, solid question (the most difficult part) prior to embarking on the remaining components of the writing project.