BSHE 500 Take Home Exam 1

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The social ecological framework was presented in class as providing many possible avenues for research and program implementation. Using the required readings and lectures, write about the pros and cons of a social ecological framework for understanding health behaviors and designing health promotion programs. Your analysis should lead to a conclusion about the framework.
The social ecological framework comprises of person-focused and environment-focused interventions designed to promote health. The social ecological framework can be used as an ideal tool for addressing a broad range of public health issues and implementing new health promotion programs due to its wide scope of integrating behavioral and environmental changes. Variations
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It encompasses the behavioral and environmental role used by individuals and groups in modifying their own health behavior. Lastly, challenges can be addressed with adequate evaluative studies.

Works Cited:
1. Talley Lecture, BSHE 500 Introduction: What is BSHE and historical perspectives? 9/2/2014
2. Frieden, T.R. “A Framework for Public Health Action: The Health Impact Pyramid,” American
Journal of Public Health 100(4) (2010): 590-595.
3. Schulz, A. and Northridge, M.E. “Social Determinants of Health: Implications for Environmental Health Promotion,” Health Education and Behavior 31 (2004): 455-471.
4. Dutta-Bergman, M.J. “Theory and practice in health communication campaigns: a critical interrogation,” Health Communication 18 (2) (2005):103-122.
5. Talley Lecture, Social Ecological Approaches. 9/9/2014
6. Wagemakers, A., Vaandrager, L., et al., “Community health promotion: a framework to facilitate and evaluate supportive social environments for health,” Evaluation and Program Planning 33 (2010): 428- 435.

Based on the required readings and lectures, are individual or community-level interventions more promising in terms of addressing health problems and why?
There is currently a new shift towards community-based interventions, rather than individually focused explanations, in terms of addressing health problems in our society. Community-level interventions are more effective than individual-based approaches due to its