Health Care Research Paper Assignment on Alcoholism in College Student

Reflection Paper Module 7: Putting the “Educator” in Peer Educator – Programming and Presentation Skills

  1. We will be doing 15-minute presentations in class. Start to plan your presentation answering the following questions. I will make a presentation schedule from your preferences, and the topic identified.
    1. Identify your topic—what types of topics would you like to present on? Choose one topic and start to be as specific as possible in what you want to cover within the time period. Why are you interested in this topic?

 

My topic is touching on alcoholism within the college setting. Since this is a broad area, I am going to narrow it to only the relevant parts that affect those students at risk of alcohol abuse and related health factors. I am interested in this subject because of its devastating effects on the lives of students, depriving them of a promising future. What is more, students spend most of their time in school where they are prone to falling into this trap. Therefore, creating awareness is essential to this generation.

 

  1. What research do you need to do on the topic? Start to identify sources – within the literature – online search engines such as google scholar (https://scholar.google.com/) are good to include – also The American College Health Association (https://www.acha.org/) or similar organizations might have good info related to your topic for college students. Also, include campus and community resources that can be used for referrals – including resources from our class speakers.

In creating awareness about alcoholism and related illnesses, several resources will be needed to create a concrete presentation about the topic. Leading sources such as Google Scholar, the CDC, The American College of Health Association, research gate, and the NCBI will be employed during the research.

 

  1. What is the purpose of your presentation (page 44 of workbook)? Remember you will be doing presentations as part of your Peer Educator Role. So what is your purpose given this role? What are you trying to change in your audience? Knowledge about what? Attitudes or beliefs about what? Skills related to what?

The presentation will serve several purposes. It will teach the students about the latest health information concerning the topic, strategies and decision-making skills that will lead to better choices, hence increase awareness of various campus activities to have a positive social life. Another purpose that will be served by the presentation will be to provide more resources needed by the audience when dealing with the issue. A major aim of the presentation will be to change the attitudes and beliefs that the participants might be having towards the alcoholism in general. Lacks of knowledge, loneliness, stress, and depression have been highlighted as critical causes of alcohol abuse, which the educator will have to address. The skills needed will include listening and communication.

  1. Create three learning outcomes related to your presentation – look over SWIBAT (Students Will Be Able To) Model and examples from class (page 42 in workbook and slides).

 

At the end of the presentation, three outcomes are expected to be achieved. The students will be able to distinguish between various health problems attributed to excessive alcohol intake, and steps to take, such as seeking counseling, when becomes addicted. It will also enable them to become mentors to their peers since they will be communicating from an informed standpoint about numerous ways in which alcohol consumption affects the human body. Overall, it aims at enlightening them about alcoholism and its related health risks. It is expected that by making the audience more informed, then they can be involved in creating enough awareness around campus. They will be able to explain to their fellows that alcohol is a form of a drug that causes mind-alteration, which can lead to death, accidental injuries, and other health issues that will be costly to treat.

Presentations about alcoholism and especially its threat to human health need to be approached with caution due to the sensitive nature of the matter. As a peer educator, one holds the advantage of a friendly environment but might also be taken as not well conversant or lacking a deep understanding of the subject. A better presentation approach will start with a question or anecdote to engage the audience. Once the attention of the audience has been captured, then the topic at hand can slowly be brought to the table. To make interactive, questions will be presented at the floor for the audience to discuss or air their opinion about the subject matter. This will also be impactful since as the educator, one can gauge their understanding and thus use it to his/her advantage in determining the best way forward.

 

  1. Start to outline your presentation taking in account information from the module – including – knowing your style, your skills, your strengths and weaknesses. Also, include information in your outline about the three presentation Parts – and start to determine what your presentation will include – including how can you make it interactive and impactful (Module 7 slides).

Outline of the Presentation

1.0 Introduction

1.1 Anecdote and related to the subject matter

1.2 A brief summary and objective of the presentations

1.3 Relevance of the presentation to the audience

2.0 Main body

2.1 Awareness about alcoholism

2.1.1. Issues with alcohol abuse

2.1.2 Symptoms and signs of alcohol abuse

2.1.2 Effects of alcoholism

2.1.3 Different behavioral signs of alcoholism

2.2 Causes and reasons for alcohol abuse

2.3 Relevant statistics

2.3.1 Local/national prevalence of alcoholism

2.3.2 Global statistics

2.4 Physical symptoms of people addicted to alcohol

2.5 Effects of alcoholism to one’s health

2.6 Why the subject need urgent reactions

2.7 Methods of prevention

3.0 Conclusion and final remarks

4.0 Questions and Answer section.

 

  1. Create three quantitative and qualitative measures (questions) that would help evaluate whether learning outcomes were met from the information you plan to include, or activities you plan to do. Hint: quantitative measures can focus on your learning outcomes, and qualitative on participant satisfaction (page 45 of workbook and slides).

Quantitative Measures

  1. On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being least informed and 10 well informed, what is the understanding of the audience understanding about the causes of alcohol intake and abuse?
  2. What percentage of the audience fully understands prevention measures against the alcoholism?
  • Can the audience tell when a person is addicted to alcoholism?

Qualitative measure

  1. How has the presentation influenced your life and improved the understanding you have about alcoholism?
  2. Can you recommend it to other students or friends? Why or why not?
  • For the program to be more impactful, what do you think should be included in the presentation to achieve that?

 

    1. Be sure to submit an outline for your presentation as part of the assignment with all the above relevant info.