Define: choose a positive perspective to focus your inquiry.

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Jun 1, 2021


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Use your Introduction to Public Health text to read the following:
Chapter 9, “The Conquest of Infectious Diseases,” pages 117134.
Chapter 10, “The Resurgence of Infectious Diseases,” pages 135162.
Chapter 16, “Public Health Enemy Number Two and Growing: Poor Diet and Physical Inactivity,” pages 237258.
Use the Internet to complete the following:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (n.d.). Physical activity. Retrieved from
Read about physical activity initiatives in preparation for this unit’s discussion.
PHF. (n.d.). Core competencies for public health professionals. Retrieved from
Interview With a Public Health Professional

This is a two-part assignment:
In Part One, you will interview a practicing public health professional using an Appreciative Inquiry approach to gain a better understanding of past and present challenges and opportunities in the field of public health.
In Part Two, you will create a 23 page interview summary, including ideas that might have arisen as a result of the interview.
Before meeting with your interviewee, review the Guiding Questions (linked in Resources) to ensure that your interview will address all of the assignment criteria. Consider reviewing other linked Resources, such as the Public Health Timeline, as well.

Part One: Interview
Use the interview questions linked in Resources to discover what inspired your interviewee to enter the field of public health, what keeps him or her up at night, and his or her hopes and dreams for the profession.
Appreciative Interviewing
The following exemplifies the use of an interview technique drawn from the organizational development practice known as Appreciative Inquiry (Stratton-Berkessel, 2010).

Define: choose a positive perspective to focus your inquiry.
Discover: ask about extremely positive personal experiences. Encourage the interviewee to share a high point from his or her professional life.
Dream: find out what motivates your interviewee. What does he or she hope to contribute to the field of public health?
You will summarize the highlights of this person’s story and the impressions and ideas you gain from the interview.

Part Two: Interview Summary
In 23 pages, summarize what you learned and any insights that you gained as a result of the interview:
Use the Stages of Writing process before completing your summary, referring to the Campus link in Resources.
Include quotes or paraphrases from your interview notes, making sure to use proper APA form and style in your citations. Take advantage of the linked APA Resources as needed.
Make it real: include your personal reflections about what you learned from this person. Discuss how the interview affirmed or challenged some of your assumptions about public health as well as any new ideas that come to mind.

Additional Requirements
Page count: 23 pages plus cover and reference pages.
Font: Times New Roman, 12 points.
APA formatting: Resources and citations are formatted according to current edition APA style and formatting.
Number of references: Remember to cite all references. Include at least three peer-reviewed sources.
Submit this document as an attachment to this assignment.

Stratton-Berkessel, R. (n.d.). Appreciative inquiry Overview of method, principles and applications. Retrieved from
separate page used the critical thinking tip upload
Health Promotion
In this discussion you will look at ways in which the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) is encouraging Americans to be more physically active.

Refer to the ODPHP’s Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (linked in Resources).
Select one population sector from the index and read the recommendations related to your chosen sector.

Complete the following based on what you have learned to date:
Describe two ideas that you would like to try with your chosen population.
How would you implement these ideas?
Which public health organization would you collaborate with to be successful, and why?

Response Guidelines
Refer to the Faculty Expectations Response Guidelines. Please choose posts that have had few responses thus far and respond with all of the following:
Engage your peer. Tell him or her specifically why you chose to respond to the post.
Seek clarification. Talk about what is unclear. Ask questions. Offer suggestions.
Make it real. Include personal examples or work experiences that add perspective to your reply.
Be a practitioner/scholar. In addition to your personal or work experience, include one academic reference in your reply. Use APA style and formatting appropriate to the type of reference you provide. Refer to the helpful links provided in Resources for assistance.


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