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HEED 203 Women’s Health Issues

Fall 2023

Sections available for Minton;

Section 71069; MW 1:30PM-2:50pm, Room 1100, Dates: 8/14 - 12/15/23

Section 72287; WEB, Dates; 9/11/23 - 12/15/23


Coral Minton  




I look forward to working with you this semester. In this course you will have an opportunity to learn about personal wellness. The focus is on health with a special relevance to women. There is an emphasis on body image, access to care, prevention of chronic diseases, self-empowerment strategies and international health issues.

In-person sections follow Cuesta College's protocols for healthy learning. Masks are welcome and encouraged based on personal preference. After the first week I do open up a zoom room for students to join in if they are ill or cannot make it to campus. There are in-class activities and in-class exams which are not designed for online or zooming. Some content is available on Canvas (lecture notes, homework assignment pages).

WEB Distance Learning has no scheduled meetings and is asynchronous. Please pay attention to start dates and drop deadlines for short session courses.  Asynchronous means you can work through weekly course assignments at a time of your choice, however there are weekly due dates. I am available via email and/or we can meet using zoom to explain how to do something. A zoom code is provided on the course Canvas page to visit during office hour or we can arrange (via email) to meet in the zoom room at a different time. 

I take attendance the first week of class for all course sections. Online, I will check to see if you visited the course page and note work that has been completed. Please email me if there are problems or concerns. 

Catalog Course Description:

Presents major health issues of special significance to women cross culturally. Emphasis will be placed on current trends in the prevention of chronic diseases and health disorders, the promotion of a positive body image, and self-empowerment. Identification of significant cultural obstacles of access for women’s health care by non-dominant groups are presented. In addition, traditional, as well as, experiential and cooperative teaching/learning strategies will be used to explore the application of lifestyle changes to individual health beliefs and practices.

Recommended text:

An Introduction to Women’s Health. Minton, Publisher: Great River Learning 

ISBN: 9781644960936

Although not required, this text is recommended. I am the author and this text was tailored for this course. The text contains links, practice quizzes and study guide questions.  This text can be purchased via the bookstore, however at this time it is less expensive to purchase the text directly from the publisher at https://cuesta.grlcontent.com/Links to an external site.. The publisher’s website is greatriverlearning.com. This digital text is designed to work on most devices. The text can be saved, downloaded in pdf format and printed, or viewed online. There are apps that can covert the text to audio. I have a link for this on the course page and you can also contact DSPS for additional information on how to do this.

Learning management system:

Cuesta’s Course learning management system is CANVAS. There is a self-paced tutorial that students may access NOW to get introduced to the learning environment.

https://www.cuesta.edu/academics/distance/survey.htmlLinks to an external site.

For those participating in the WEB course, during the first week of class there are a couple of opportunities to demonstrate and acknowledge ability to use canvas. A link is provided for further instructions on how to use this platform if needed. You can access CANVAS quickly by

  • going to cuesta.eduLinks to an external site.
  • On the top of the page click on Canvas (green button)
  • Log in with our cuesta college username and password
  • Click on your class page to get started. (HEED 203)

The Canvas app can be downloaded onto a phone. Canvas provides the framework for the course including links to documents, videos and presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, and a grade book. Using the communication tools, you can communicate using e-mail, and you can share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forums and groups. Some aspects of Canvas work better on a computer so it is helpful to have one available especially during group projects. 

Accessing Canvas:

Prior to the course start date you will receive an email to your my.Cuesta.edu address with a reminder that class will be starting, and the log in procedures for Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content.

If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas and need assistance please email me or technical support at this email address: support@my.cuesta.edu. If you have never taken an online class or this is your first experience with Canvas, please be patient with yourself and ask for help.

Web/online classes have readings and assignments due on a weekly basis. The modules are set up by week. It is very important to stay current with course work. 

Distance learning is not easier as it requires a lot of self discipline and motivation. It can be more convenient to work online, but it can be tough to set up a personal schedule. Many students prefer to attend in person for a more interactive experience. Please recognize that an online class may require more time than a traditional face to face course. Although there are some pre recorded lecture components, much of your time will be self-directed and there will be a substantial amount of reading, viewing, studying and writing required. On the Canvas I generally insert links into cited information, so there is access to a lot of information not available in a face to face class. This can take time to read through and comprehend. Because this course is completely online using Canvas; all coursework (discussions, assignments, quizzes) is submitted online. You should be able to read and save documents in adobe acrobat (pdf), attach and submit work online within Canvas. I can access jpg, prn screen shots as well as Microsoft word and excel files. 

Please note; Within Canvas, I cannot access files that are .pages  .heic  .notes and other non PC formats. It is best to save and submit work in pdf format especially if using cell phone and/or apple devices.

Quick references and links:

Cuesta add policy: http://www.cuesta.edu/student/studentservices/admrreg/arpolicies/addcourse.htmlLinks to an external site.

Drop Policy: Students that miss the first day/week and do not turn in work within the first week may be dropped. If you start the course and “go silent” do not expect to be dropped. I try to send emails and post announcements as we approach drop deadlines, but I am not good with dropping folks timely as we near the drop deadline. This results in F grades for those who "go silent". Please read Cuesta’s drop policies.

http://www.cuesta.edu/student/studentservices/admrreg/arpolicies/dropcourse.htmlLinks to an external site.

Academic honesty policy and student code of conduct: http://www.cuesta.edu/student/documents/admissions_records/code_of_conduct.pdfLinks to an external site.

https://launch.comevo.com/cuesta/2225/-/pub/Page/60678/102048/1/2Links to an external site. 

Cuesta waitlist procedure and instructions:

WEB/online classes; During the first week of class I contact those on the wait list to see if they are still interested in a slot. I generally drop "no shows" after the first Friday of class. When slots are available, I contact people on the wait list to offer a spot first. Then I respond to those who have emailed me for an access code, but are not on the list.

If you attend the face to face class on the first day, chances are good that you will receive an add code for that section. Please review the school policies. http://www.cuesta.edu/student/studentservices/admrreg/arpolicies/Waitlist.htmlLinks to an external site. CLinks to an external site.

Cuesta Tech Support email: support@my.cuesta.edu

DSPS Statement:

This course design is with an accessible Learning Management System. Course materials are prepared with ADA compliance in mind. Any student who feels they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability, such as extended time on exams, should contact me privately to discuss your specific needs. Please contact Disabled Student Services & Programs at Building 3300 (546-3148) on SLO Campus or on North Campus (591-6215) to coordinate reasonable accommodations for documented disabilities. Doing so as soon as possible will help ensure accommodations in a timely manner.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

It is my intent that students from all diverse backgrounds and perspectives be well-served by this course, that students' learning needs be addressed both in and out of class, and that the diversity of culture students bring here be viewed as a resource, strength and benefit. It is my intent to present materials and activities that are respectful of diversity: gender identity, sexuality, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, nationality, religion, and culture. Your suggestions are encouraged and appreciated. Please let me know ways to improve the effectiveness of the course for you personally, or for other students or student groups.

Thank you for reading my introduction and I look forward to working with you. If you have any questions regarding this course, please feel free to contact me at the email listed above. I will do my best to answer your questions or refer you to someone that can answer your technology needs.


Coral Minton

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