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Innovative Simulation Pilot Helps Students Learn About Obesity

Two days during the last week of September Clinical Assistant Professor Beth Lamanna, WHNP, MPH, RN, the innovative leader behind a team of seven undergraduate and graduate faculty and staff, conducted the first of what they hope will be a series of obesity simulations.

Seventeen undergraduate public health nursing students were guided through the IOM’s 2012 report Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health, to see the obesity epidemic through a population health to primary care lens. On the first day of clinical these students watched the acclaimed 2012 documentary The Weight of the Nation and read the local County Community Assessment identifying obesity as the #1 challenge facing the county in which they were working this fall.

In the course of the next few weeks they read about the sheer complexity, magnitude and economic cost of US obesity. Subjects included health care provider and community health stigma, environmental obesogens, endocrine disruptors, the built environment and genetic contributions to the current obesity epidemic as well as the latest evidence on community level and individual level behavioral change.

To read more about how SON is training students to provide valuable health care to obese individuals, click here.