Model Online Educational Platform for Health Services
Medicine and Health Sciences
Introduction: According to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC), ensuring student access to needed physical and mental health care improves attendance, behavior, and achievement in the classroom. Academic achievement is indicative of overall well-being of youth and a primary predictor of adult health outcomes. The need to foster health and well-being within the educational environment for all students is apparent.
Context: In 2015, the United Nations created the Sustainable Development Agenda- a call to action which included 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aimed to improve the lives of people everywhere and ensure a viable future for mankind. In response, The Foundation for Global Community Health, partnered with HOPSports physical education company, created the first online platform to educate the worlds youth in order to achieve SDG #3: Good Health and Well Being.
Objective: Create a technologically basic yet well curated, interactive, and engaging educational platform that was modifiable to be locally and culturally relevant as well as accessible by anyone in the world with an internet connection for free. Secondly, to assess the efficacy of this platform at educating teens on Health Services, a subcategory of SDG #3.
Setting: Physical education classrooms with an internet connection.
Participants: Teenage students, 13-16 years old.
Methods: 10 educational guidelines were created to represent universal cornerstones for teen education on health services. One guideline, “Identify types of health screenings at school or in the community” was chosen as the subject of the novel online lesson plan.
Results: https://brain-breaks.com/ went live in September 2017 providing educators with this tool for free. Anticipated results include the efficacy of message delivery and content absorption determined by knowledge assessments in the form of engaging quizzes, puzzles, and games, as well as a UN developed personal Global Sustainability Index scores.
Conclusion: This online educational tool for health services pools resources from global experts and provide substantive education supplemental to what can be learned in classroom. It is a response to the UN SDG’s – to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages.
Copyright 2017 all authors
Kopecky, Ben OMS-I, "Model Online Educational Platform for Health Services" (2017). MU-COM Research Day. 62.