Fall 2013, Winter 2014 and Spring 2014 quarters
- Nancy Anderson community and international health , Frances V. Rains (W,S) Native American studies, history, women's studies , Lori Blewett (F) communication, social studies
- Fields of Study
- Native American studies, communications, community studies, health, history and political science
- Preparatory for studies or careers in
- education, community organizing, health, social work, native studies
This year-long program will introduce the scope and tools of communication, social science, and public health. Public health and prevention are often the invisible part of health policy. Those who are healthy or whose diseases have been prevented never know what they missed. Yet we know that all people are not equally likely to have long and healthy lives. Understanding the factors associated with health and wellness, including the effects of class, race, and ethnicity, will be the focus of fall quarter. In addition we will consider ways that communication between health providers and people who use health services can affect health outcomes, particularly in cross-cultural and cross-class contexts.
In the fall quarter, we will begin by exploring individual health narratives and progress to an exploration of a variety of modes for communication of population health issues, including spoken, written, and electronic communication. We will learn to interpret and critique health journalism in the lay press, including the accompanying quantitative information. Students will develop oral and written communication skills that facilitate their active engagement in community awareness of public health issues. This preliminary work during this quarter will equip us to better understand the specific challenges that Native American people in the Salish Sea region face, in terms of cultural as well as physical survival.
During winter and spring quarters, the Grays Harbor program will focus on the Peoples of the Salish Sea (Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Georgia Straits). Central elements of the winter and spring portions of the program will include the colonization of Native peoples of the Salish Sea that accompanied European settlement, Indigenous resistance, rights and cultural renewal, a critique of current policies and practices that have not promoted the achievement of social or health equity, and the public health and social policies that may intervene to improve overall health and wellness in the surrounding communities. We will explore the intersection of place, culture, and health and how these factors reflect inequity in access to—and degradation of—resources in and around the Salish Sea. We will examine these themes through multiple lenses including political ecology, public health, history, and Native studies. Our readings will include current case studies, empirical research, and counter-narratives.
The overarching questions that will carry us through these two quarters include how European settlement has affected the wellbeing of the Salish peoples, the interaction through time and space between Native and non-Native peoples, and the effects of these interactions on health, wellbeing, and sustainability of these communities. We will also examine ways in which lessons from history and current vulnerabilities can help us create a viable and equitable future that will heal and honor the Salish Sea and all its people. During spring quarter the program plans to visit the Elwha River and learn about the history of the Elwha River ecosystem as a case study and example of social injustice. We will study the effects of the Elwha Dam as well as the expected effects of dam removal on the Elwha ecosystem, tribal sovereignty, and overall health and wellness of the Elwha Klallam people.
Throughout the year, learning will take place through writing, readings, seminars, lectures, films, art, and guest speakers. Students will improve their research skills through document review, observations, critical analysis, and written assignments. Verbal skills will be improved through small group and whole class seminar discussions and through individual final project presentations. Final projects will focus on assessment of issues related to community health, the sustainability of the Salish Sea, and the wellbeing of the Native Communities that have lived at the shore of the Salish Sea for thousands of years before European settlement.
- Advertised Schedule
9a-4p Sat/Sun (fall: Sep. 28-29, Oct 12-13, 26-27, Nov 9-10, 23-24, Dec 7-8; winter and spring: TBA)
On the first Saturday of each quarter, class meets on the TESC Olympia campus. All other classes meet at Grays Harbor College.
Note that the first classes are the weekend before week one of fall quarter.
- Campus Location
- Grays Harbor
- Online Learning
- Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online
- Greener Store
- Offered During
|May 8th, 2013||Corrected schedule to reflect earlier release time.|
|May 6th, 2013||Dates for fall have been added. Note that the first weekend of fall is scheduled at the beginning of week 1 of the quarter.|
|March 11th, 2013||Added to the online catalog.|