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COMM 2381: Oral Communication

This research guide is built to assist all sections of COMM2381 with their topics.

Affordable Care Act

President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010, more than six years ago! This law seeks to improve access to affordable and fair health insurance for all. 

Childhood Hunger/Food Insecurity

Many children in Shelby County deal with food insecurity and hunger on a daily basis.  The 2010 Food Research and Action Center report rated metro Memphis as the most food insecure metro area in the country.

Concussions in Football

Concern over football players' head injuries is increasing due to research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), repetitive brain trauma, concussions, and other head injuries.

Health Care for Veterans

The Veterans Health Administration came under fire in 2014 for the delayed and insufficient medical treatment of veterans and falsified treatment records.

  • Read an official report, Veterans Health Administration, review of alleged patient deaths, patient wait times, and scheduling practices at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, here: http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo51591

Meningococcal Vaccines - College Students

Compared to their contemporaries, college students have a slightly higher risk for contracting meningococcal disease.

Opiate Addiction - United States

Opiate addiction has reached epidemic status in the United States.  The Center for Disease Control reports that, "the majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involve an opioid." The American Society of Addiction Medicine provides up-to-date statistics on opioid addiction.

Zika Virus

  • The Center for Disease Control & Prevention offers and expansive and authoritative guide to Zika: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/ 
  • Because the virus has spread more widely outside of the United States, the World Health Organization's Global Response may also be of interest.
  • Congressman Cohen hosted a roundtable on Zika and more local government resources will likely be available in the coming months.