Current Events #4 AND Discussion 4

Current Events #4

Your Tasks

Task 1- Search

You will search news outlets for two articles that are related to public health. These articles must come from different sources (CNBC, Fox, CNN, Vox, Science Daily, NPR, etc.) and they must relate to the same public health topic. (Example- topic about COVID-19 with one article coming from NPR and one article from CNBC). You must provide a link to both article in the write-up! (1 point)

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Task 2- Assignment Write-Up

You will then discuss the following in a write-up:

  1. What is the common theme/topic of the two articles? (1 point)
  2. Briefly describe the two articles. (5 points)
    1. 1 point will be deducted for each article that does not come from a news source. Here is an example of something that DOES NOT count as a news article (Links to an external site.).
  3. How does this topic relate to public health? (5 points)
    1. 1 point extra credit if you are able to find articles that relate to this week’s material (Ch. 16-20). You will need to mention the chapter and the concept when answering this question.
  4. What are some similarities between the two articles (if any)? (4 points)
  5. What are some differences between the two articles? (4 points)
  6. Does one (or both) of the articles appear biased (Links to an external site.)? Briefly explain why or why not. (4 points)

Answers must be written in complete sentences. (1 point)

Discussion 4


2020 has largely been characterized by the COVID-19 pandemic. But did you know that we are facing a different epidemic in this country? Generally when we attribute words like “epidemic” to infectious diseases; however, this epidemic that we are facing is different. As a result of COVID-19, the United States has experienced as sharp incline in the number of deaths by suicide. So what can we do about this new ‘suicide epidemic’?

Your Tasks

Task 1- Video and Article

Please read the article “Are We Facing a Post-COVID-19 Suicide Epidemic?” (Links to an external site.) prior to writing your post. Additionally, you have the option of watching the below video to further your understanding of mental health in the U.S.

Task 2- Original Post

Please address the following in your post:

  1. What was your understanding of mental health prior to taking this course? (4 points)
  2. How has this week’s readings and/or the video changed your understanding of mental health in the U.S.? (4 points)
  3. Do you think that this country has done/is doing a good job addressing mental health? Why or why not? (4 points)
  4. Given the list of risk factors from the article, which risk factor should public health experts address first? What are ways in which you believe this can be accomplished? (4 points)
  5. The post must be at least 250 words. (2 points)
  6. Include at least 1 outside reference, cited in APA format. This reference needs to be cited both in-text and at the end of the post in a reference list. (2 points)
    1. You may use the article and/or video as a reference

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