AGING ACROSS THE LIFESPAN DISCUSSION BOARD DUE ON WEDNESDAY 250-300 WORDS…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Discussion – Week 2
Environmental Risk Factors & Physiological Develpment
Our environment can play a significant role in how we develop. Where we live, the resources we have access to, and what we are physically exposed to can all have a dramatic impact on our physiological development.
To prepare for this Discussion, review this week’s Learning Resources. Consider what environmental risk factors you, a friend, or family member may have experienced that might have had an impact on their physiological development.
By Day 3, post a comprehensive response to the following:
What were the environmental risk factors that may have been experienced?
What was the potential impact of these factors on the individual’s personal development and well-being?
Application: Physiological Development Educational Handout
You are a health professional who is developing an educational handout for your local Women’s, Infants, and Children (WIC) office and the March of Dimes. The handout will be used to help new parents understand the human development process and care for their child.
To prepare for this Application Assignment, review the Learning Resources for the week, including the presentation Dr. Nina Lyon-Bennett and Dr. John C. Cavanaugh, the readings from Chapter 3, and the information on the Zero to Three website.
To complete this Application Assignment, write a 1- to 2-page handout for new parents that identifies key physiological stages of development by age group from birth to three years. (Note: Do NOT repurpose existing handouts or copy and paste information from another source. Your work should be original). Include information and examples which help to explain the effects of poverty and malnutrition on the growth and development of children. Be sure your handout is easy to read and can be understood by the general population. If you use images, make sure these are not copyrighted and are culturally diverse and appropriate. Be sure to cite and reference any supporting documentation at the end of your document.
Your written assignments must follow APA guidelines. Refer to the Essential Guide to APA Style for Walden Students to ensure your in-text citations and reference list are correct.
Video: Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2010). Aging across the lifespan: Physiological development. Baltimore: Author.
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 33 minutes.
In this week’s media, presenters Dr. Nina Lyon-Bennett and Dr. John C. Cavanaugh discuss: theories on aging, such as genetics and body usage; midlife issues, including stress; the impact of the baby boomer generation on resources and public policy; the impact of poverty and malnutrition on child development; and childhood obesity and body image.
Note: As a reminder, additional Learning Resources for the week are listed below the Media Player. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the web page to view the complete list of Required and Optional Resources.
If you experience technical difficulties viewing the Course Media through the Media Player, please contact your Student Support Team at 1-800-WALDENU or
Course Text: Kail, R. V., & Cavanaugh, J. C. (2016). Human development: A life-span view. (7th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
Chapter 3, “Tools for Exploring the World: Physical, Perceptual, and Motor Development”
Section 3.1, “The Newborn”
Section 3.3, “Moving and Grasping: Early Motor Skills”
Section 3.4, “Coming to Know the World: Perception”
Section 3.5, “Becoming Self-Aware”
Chapter 6, “Off to School: Cognitive and Physical Development in Middle Childhood”
Section 6.5, “Physical Development”
Chapter 8, “Rites of Passage: Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence”
Section 8.1, “Pubertal Changes”
Section 8.2, “Health”
Chapter 10, “Becoming an Adult: Physical, Cognitive, and Personality Development in Young Adulthood”
Section 10.2, “Physical Development and Health”
Chapter 13, “Making It in Midlife: The Biopsychosocial Challenges of Middle Adulthood”
Section 13.1, “Physical Changes and Health”
Chapter 14, “The Personal Context of Later Life: Physical, Cognitive, and Mental Health Issues”
Section 14.2, “Physical Changes and Health”
At each stage of life, humans experience some sort of physical change. From the growth of early childhood, to the physical decline of old age, we are all actively engaged in the continual process of aging. In this week’s textbook readings, you will be exploring the arc of human aging from birth to late adulthood.
National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. (2010). Zero to three. Retrieved from
HEALTH INFORMATICS DISCUSSION BOARD DUE WEDNESDAY 250 TO 350 WORDS……………………………… ………………………………………………………….
Discussion – Week 2
Health Information Technology
To prepare for this Discussion, locate an article or section from a credible publication, health resource or website that relates to one of the following topics:
Electronic Medical Records (EMRs)
Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
Personal Health Records (PHRs)
For example, the chosen news article could describe the controversy around the use of PHR.
Examples of publications, health resources, and websites are as follows:
Magazines and newspapers (e.g., the New York Times)
News updates from government sites such “In the News” at the National Institute of Health site, or “Science News” at the National Institute of Mental Healthsite, or Health IT websites such as the following:
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology website
eHealth Initiative reports
Health Affairs – The Benefits of Health Information Technology: A Recent Review of the Recent Literature Shows Predominantly Positive Results
Government Health IT website
Healthcare IT News website
Health IT Buzz blog
HIMSS Foundation Industry Reports – Presidential Proclamation on National Health Information Technology Week
Health Resources and Services Administration – Health IT Adoption Toolbox
National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR)
By Day 3 post a brief summary (1-2 paragraphs) of the article for your peers covering the main points. How does your topic impact patients and providers?
Application: Planning a Database
We live in a world where technology is key to finding and utilizing information quickly. Healthcare has traditionally lagged behind the rest of the world in embracing technology. For this industry, technology is important in the management of health information. Although paper-based solutions are still prevalent and work efficiently in some contexts, they are limited in important functionality.
The healthcare industry, as it recognizes the need for technology, more frequently relies upon systems, such as clinical and administrative information systems, to manage and provide needed information. At the heart of these systems are databases, which are structured collections of data. Databases allow for the easy retrieval of stored data and the capability to efficiently manage large volumes of data. Since important health-related information is derived from data, the electronic storage and easy retrieval of data can ultimately impact the quality of care and coordination of services.
Refer to the various case studies presented in this week’s readings showcasing how electronic health records and health technology (HITECH) are improving patient and community health. Now imagine your own health scenario in which a database could be used to improve the quality of care and the coordination of healthcare and services.
Briefly describe your scenario and how your database will be used .
What type of data would be collected and stored?
What are 2-3 elements of design that are important to consider when designing your database? Be sure to use your readings and the media for added support.
Course Media: Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2009). Designing a database. Baltimore: Author.
The approximate length of this media piece is 7 minutes.
This media provides a simple example of how an effective relational database can be designed. The example shows the relationships between each element in the sample database.
Note: As a reminder, additional Learning Resources for the week are listed below the Media Player. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the web page to view the complete list of Required and Optional Resources.
If you experience technical difficulties viewing the Course Media through the Media Player, please contact your Student Support Team at 1-800-WALDENU or
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (2012).Electronic Health Records. Retrieved from
Meaningful Use Case Studies (n.d.). In Retrieved from
Campbell, R. J. (n.d.). Database Design: What HIM Professionals Need to Know. Perspectives in Health Information Management. Retrieved from
eHealth Initiative. (2011). Health Information Exchange: From meaningful use to personalized health. Oracle Health Sciences. Retrieved from:
AHIMA e-HIM Workgroup on HIM in Health Information Exchange. (2007). HIM Principles in Health Information Exchange. Journal of AHIMA 78(8). Retrieved from
Wilkins, M. A. (2009). Factors influencing acceptance of electronic health records in hospitals. Perspectives in Health Information Management, (Fall 2009), 1–20.
Blumenthal, D. (2009). Stimulating the adoption of health information technology. New England Journal of Medicine 360(15),1477-1479.
The National Alliance for Health Information Technology (2008). Defining Key Health Information Technology Terms (Report to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, April 28 2008). Retrieved from U.S. National Library of Medicine website:
Optional Resources
Brown, S. H., Fischetti, L. F., Graham, G., et al. (2007). Use of electronic health records in disaster response: The experience of department of veterans affairs after Hurricane Katrina. American Journal of Public Health, 97(S1), 136–1 41.
The eHealth Initiative
The eHealth Initiative is an organization that provides advocacy and resources for health information exchanges.
Microsoft HealthVault
The HealthVault is a product developed by Microsoft that allows people to consolidate their personal health information online.

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