Category Archives: Populations

Social Ecological Model

Social Ecological Model

McLeroy, Bibeau, Steckler and Glanz are generally credited with creating the social ecological model of care.  A quick Google search for the social ecological model will reinforce how widely it has been adopted.  There are numerous community, state, national and international organizations that utilize this model in their programs.

Think back to your session in immersion on the social history.  How often do you think beyond the individual and interpersonal factors that influence you and your patients health?

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From CDC Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP)

Carrier Testing and Genetic Counseling

Carrier testing raises a number of important ethical issues. When exercised appropriately, carrier testing has the potential to identify individuals at risk of having a child affected by a recessive genetic disease prior to conception. There are, nevertheless, a number of potential harms that may also arise. This module will delve into some of ethical complexities in area of medicine.

READ Genetic Screening by Burke, et al.  Focus on the content found on pages 154-156.

Optional Review the following key ethics terms:


Optional video by Dr. Robin Bennett M.S., L.G.C., Ph.D. to gain a better understanding of various clinical and social aspects of genetic counseling (you can skip this if a genetic counselor will be covering this topic in class):


If you’re interested in further investigation… (not required)

These two links are optional and are intended for the student who has prior experience with the topic and/ or a strong desire for additional information.

Also see “Carrier testing for Ashkenazi Jewish disorders in the prenatal setting” by Ferriera et al. This article was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  It is above the level of the average foundations phase student.

For more information about ethical issues around genetic testing in Ashkenazi Jewish populations read A young couple tests compatibility” and then explore the Dor Yeshorim website.