【Coursera: Health for All Through Primary Care】Week 2's assignment
Compare and contrast the insights into primary health care provided by Dr. Carl Taylor's lecture with the insights provided from the other assigned lectures, readings and videos during Weeks 1 and 2. How are these perspectives similar, and how are they different? Use specific examples from the course materials to back up your arguments.
This two parts of these two weeks’ lectures are both illuminative for me. When coming to compare and contrast the insights provided by Dr, Carl Taylor with other parts, I will conclude that the basic difference is their quite different emphasis. Dr. Carl Taylor introduced the outline of the international primary care historical development, while other lectures mainly focus on the modern development of primary care. For this fundamental difference, the contains of Dr. Carl Taylor's lecture are more like historical anthropology studies, showing many areas’ own health care strategies, while Dr. Perry's lectures are introducing us a lot of new updating knowledges in the Academic area.
Although they are into the two different directions, but the basic belief is the same: the communities’ participation and competency are very important.
Dr. Perry introduced several important models of the PHC, such as CBPHC, CBIO, Care Groups and COPC, and I'll concluded the basic common point of these models are the treasure of community itself. Actually, in my opinion, we should take more attention and reflect the containing meaning of “community” and many related terminologies including “community involvement”, “community priorities”, “community participatory”, etc. These terminologies should be taken into different contexts and it must represent different circumstances. I'm a native social work students in China and are doing my internship in a local community health care programme. With my everyday's work and observation, I must admit that Chinese Community Residents Committee is really a very unique context which is totally different from the academic papers published in the Western Journals. There are a mix of political influences and the mass’ interests, and even the community workers often have to play different roles in different situations. I have witnessed the very hard time of our programme and now we finally get's officials’ attention. In my everyday work, I always keep thinking about how to get the community involved, how to get them active and willing to participate, and how to really benefit for their health, and it's really a hard task. Dr. Perry concluded the newest challenge in the PHC are “finding a locally appropriate way to link vertical and horizontal approaches in a way that is equitable, engages communities as partners, and promotes community empowerment by linking the ‘top-down’ with the ‘bottom-up’”, which I can feel it everyday.
In my opinion, Dr. Carl Taylor's lecture just was a another aspects of the context. He tried to lead us to look at the power of histories and the traditions. I often heard “barefoot” stories when I went to countryside places, and I heard the local people truly valued this policies. Beyond this systematic experience, I could even be inspired by these old stories, like the one in the Babylon: When a person was ill at that time, there even existed a public place for him to seek advices and cures! It's just like fairy tale but it convinced me that the care inside a community was a nature thing and we should provide a space to let it grow up and facilitate more people living here. Just like nowdays, many experts in my country think we should build modern medical and social work system in China, but they never truly understand the history in Chinese root community and their everyday life. That’s just Dr. Carl Taylor wanted to remind us.
In conclusion, their perspectives just have different emphasis based on the common belief on communities’ own power.
peer 3 → You need to spend more time watching the videos so you can include them in your discussion on "similarities and differences". This paper is too short and there is no serious attempt to articulate your knowledge in these few sentences.（这是一个吐槽我上课听的不认真以及写的太短的咕~~(╯﹏╰)b）
peer 5 → This is a great (yet short) essay about PHC. I think it’s very important to you the significance of the word “community” in your geographical area and daily work and that’s why you put such an emphasis on it. Yes, dr.Taylor presents a more historical perspective on PHC, but this is not the only one; and in the lectures of dr.Perry also, they are not about the academic area only. But it’s a worth-noticing comparison. Maybe you could develop a little these ideas and in the same time you could give examples from your work and this would be “putting into practice” these concepts, which is exactly the idea intended in this course… Congratulations!（这个是看上去是夸奖其实是提了超多中肯建议的好人，而且看结尾他肯定给了我高分哈哈哈哈哈）