GSLL 1505 - Community-Based Health

  • 2 CEUs

Access to health care and other resources, such as nutritious foods, employment, clean water, safe housing, education, etc. are crucial to maintaining health and well-being. In an ideal world, everyone would have access to these essential means for survival; however, it is all too apparent that this is not the case for many communities and populations around the world. It is desirable, therefore, for those groups who are not supported by a formal health care system to seek alternative solutions for the resources they lack.

Using case studies and other readings, along with group discussion, this course will explore the global, social, political, economic, and cultural factors that contribute to poor health. It will also look at methods for empowering communities who lack access to health care to create practical solutions that are relevant to their unique situations. Participatory research will be one of the key strategies dealt with in this course due to its focus on promoting change at the grass roots level.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

• Identify micro and macro level factors that affect health and well-being.
• Collaborate with communities to evaluate their needs in regard to health and cultivate ideas for appropriate actions to address those needs.
• Provide support for community-based solutions to health issues by establishing connections to information and resources.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.

Please note that there are no refunds for open entry courses.

Important Information

Due to the condensed time frame for this course, students cannot withdraw and receive a refund once the course begins.


Teri Saydak

Teri Saydak has worked in Latin America for the past 10 years and continues to work with the international development organization, Concern America, based in Santa Ana, CA. She received her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Latin American Studies at the University of San Francisco. Teri's focus internationally is with income-generation cooperatives, community health models, grant writing, and community-run processes. Locally, Teri's been an active member of El Centro Cultural de Mexico in Santa Ana and has been involved in social justice work and community organizing through Son Jarocho music.

John Straw

John Straw has an M.Ed. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, focused on social justice education, and his bachelors from the University of Michigan with a degree in Spanish and Education. John has spent five years working in Honduras and Guatemala on community-based health and development projects, and the past 15 years working with Concern America, an international development and refugee aid organization, based in southern California, with health, water, and income-generation projects in Latin America and Africa. He has been the Executive Director of Concern America since 2012.

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