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Dear Educator,

The activities included in this section of the Web site are designed to help students in grades 9-12 identify different types of health care plans, understand the reasons for rising health care costs, and be able to participate in the current debate about health care reform.

These lessons make use of the PBS program, "Healthcare Crisis: Who's At Risk?" and the accompanying Web site, though the lessons also function equally well as stand-alone activities. Each lesson includes objectives, related national standards, procedures, extension ideas, and assessment rubrics.

Healthcare Crosswords: Get a better understanding of health care terminology by completing two crossword puzzles using health-related terms, and by creating puzzles of your own.

Healthcare Timeline: Why have health insurance costs escalated in recent decades? What is the history of health insurance in 20th century America-how did we get where we are today? By constructing timelines, students gain insight into these questions.

Doctor's Dilemma: How do doctors balance patient interests with the costs of providing quality care, as defined by insurance companies and others? Research and essays help students probe this issue.

Information, Please: Do your students know the difference between PPO's, HMO's, flex plans, and other types of benefits packages? Students work in groups to create educational brochures about benefits packages they're likely to encounter on the job.

Dr. Fix It: According to 1999 statistics, 1/3 of all Americans are under- or uninsured. Students prepare "Congressional testimony" on this issue and propose solutions.

About the Author:

Judy Terando is a health and physical education teacher at LaSalle-Peru High School in Peru, Illinois. Terando has been teaching for more than 34 years, and received both her B.A. and M.A. from Illinois State University. She is also the coordinator of a group called "Safe Homes" which is devoted alcohol and drug prevention. In this capacity, she publishes a newsletter at least 4 times a year and keeps in touch with local law enforcement. To learn more about Terando's health classes and her high school, visit her Web page at http://www.lphs.net/~jterando/health/.


 

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