Unit 5: Discussion – Patient Portal

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Unit 5: Discussion – Patient Portal



Health literacy continues to be a challenge in population health and adults routinely have difficulty using health information that is readily available to them in retail stores, healthcare provider offices, and within the community. Some level of targeted and tailored messaging needs to be created for most people to understand.

Your clinic uses a patient portal but utilization is low.  Your portal has obesity specific information that patients can access.  It is important that patients understand what obesity is and how access to information could benefit healthy lifestyles. You are tasked with creating a memo that patients will receive upon check out from the clinic, explaining to them why they should utilize the portal to review this information.


  • This report should be prepared as a Microsoft™ Word document, and then attached to the unit discussion thread. There is no minimum or maximum in terms of the word count; however, the response should explicitly address all required components of this discussion assignment.
  • The document should not be prepared consistent with the APA writing style (6th edition) except that the in-text citations (if applicable) and references should be properly formatted.
  • The final product should reflect cognitive processing at the knowledge (remember), understanding, and application levels.
  • Refer to Assignments and Grading for more information.

Discussion Due Dates


Online Students

Blended Students

Initial post

By Wednesday at 11:59 P.M., CT. 

Five (5) hours prior to the scheduled class session.

Two peer responses

By Sunday at 11:59 P.M., CT.


Carefully Read: 

Parekh, A. a. (2017). Public Health Communications: Lessons Learned From the Affordable Care Act. American Journal Of Public Health, 107(5), 639-641.

Childhood Obesity | In Defense of Food | PBS Food. (2015, December 29). Retrieved from Youtube: Childhood Obesity | In Defense of Food | PBS Food Childhood Obesity | In Defense of Food | PBS Food  (Links to an external site.)

  1. Initial Post: Based on their observations, in this scenario, and upon a careful review of the available literature, the student is to consider him or herself to be health coordinator for a primary care clinic. 
  2. The student is to prepare a formal memo which will go out to patients on the importance of utilizing the portal to access important information on obesity prevention.
  3. As a reminder, the student must convince the patient that obesity is a serious health risk that needs to be understood in order to prevent.
  4. Peer Responses: You are expected to read the initial posting of at least TWO peers, and then provide thoughtful comments addressing the following:
  5. Point out what you perceived to be the strengths of the initial posting along with supporting rationale.
  6. Identify specific opportunities for improvement with regard to the content in the initial posting. Furthermore, you should provide supporting rationale for your stated position, as well as concrete suggestions and guidance intended to strengthen the effectiveness of the content.


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