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Week 1 discussion

DQ1

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A hallmark of President Barack Obama’s administration has been the introduction of his Affordable Health Care Act. What are the main goals of the Affordable Health Care Act? Provide an argument for or against its implementation. Make sure to provide evidence to support your position. Respond to two other peers with differing opinions and identify points that you feel may sway you to reconsider your opinion. If you do not find points that may make you reconsider, describe why you disagree with the peer’s response. One-sentence posts or peer responses are not appropriate and will not receive full credit.

DQ2

Given the policy-making process, why is the composition of Congress important, and how does it influence the creation of health care policy? Use a specific example to demonstrate your point within your answer. Respond to two other peers and provide additional insight and/or constructive comments. One-sentence posts or peer responses are not appropriate and will not receive full credit.

DQ3

How do special interest groups (SIGs) influence the generation of health care policy in the United States? Support your answer with an example of how a special interest group has influenced the generation of a specific policy. Respond to two other peers and provide additional insight and/or constructive comments. One-sentence posts or peer responses are not appropriate and will not receive full credit.

 

 

Week 2 discussion

DQ1

When President Obama introduced the Affordable Health Care Act, several states banded together to appeal the constitutionality of the Act. On January 31, 2011, a federal judge ruled parts of the act unconstitutional. President Obama’s law team formally appealed the decision in Florida v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (11-11021). The appeal can be found at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCOURTS-ca11-11-11021/pdf/USCOURTS-ca11-11-11021-0.pdf. Read pages 55-67 (B. Congress’s Power under the Spending Clause) and determine:

1. The legal aspects in question

2. The argument for appeal presented by the President’s team.

3. The implications of the act on the provision of health care in the United States.

Respond to three other peers and provide additional insight and/or constructive comments. One-sentence posts or peer responses are not appropriate and will not receive full credit.

 

 

DQ2

How do organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization enforce public health law? Support your response with a specific example. Respond to three other peers and provide additional insight and/or constructive comments. One-sentence posts or peer responses are not appropriate and will not receive full credit.

 

 

 

Week 3 discussion

DQ1

Why is policy analysis an important tool in the development of health care policy? What important information can thorough health policy analysis provide? Respond to three other peers and provide additional insight and/or constructive comments. One-sentence posts or peer responses are not appropriate and will not receive full credit.

DQ2

How do health care administrators use public health data to develop health care policies? Cite specific examples to support your answer.

DQ3

How do cost analysis studies influence the development of health care policy? Do the most cost-effective practices always get adopted into law? Use specific examples to support your opinion. Respond to three other peers and provide additional insight and/or constructive comments. One-sentence posts or peer responses are not appropriate and will not receive full credit.

 

 

Week 4 discussion

DQ1

Why has Healthy People 2020 targeted the identification of social factors as a priority in its national health promotion campaign? How does this health promotion campaign communicate the role of social justice as part of its mission? Respond to two other peers and provide additional insight and/or constructive comments. One-sentence posts or peer responses are not appropriate and will not receive full credit.

DQ2

Case Study: Miguel is a migrant worker who has injured himself while working in California as a seasonal employee. While on the job, he severely injures himself and refuses to seek medical treatment. Considering the social determinants of health, what factors do you think would influence his decision to seek medical care, and how do current policies affect his access to health care? Respond to two other peers and provide additional insight and/or constructive comments. One-sentence posts or peer responses are not appropriate and will not receive full credit.

DQ3

The city council approves the placement of a toxic waste dump in a small, low-income community. The residents rarely attend the meetings and are unaware of the proposal. The approval will bring very little economic benefit to the community. The CEO of the company feels that, since no one attended the meetings, the approval is valid. Do you agree or disagree? Consider the principal of social justice and include recommendations for what should have been done prior to the council meeting to ensure that the decision was fair and valid. Respond to two other peers and provide additional insight and/or constructive comments. One-sentence posts or peer responses are not appropriate and will not receive full credit.

 

 

Week 5 discussion

DQ1

Governmental agencies, like the National Institutes of Health, greatly influence the development of health care policy. Describe specific methods by which they influence policy and reduce health disparities. Respond to three other peers and provide additional insight and/or constructive comments. One-sentence posts or peer responses are not appropriate and will not receive full credit.

DQ2

How does Congress work with governmental agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop health care policy? Cite specific examples to support your answer. Respond to three other peers and provide additional insight and/or constructive comments. One-sentence posts or peer responses are not appropriate and will not receive full credit.

 

 

Week 6 discussion

DQ1

Do you think that public health is a right? Why or why not? Respond to three other peers and provide additional insight and/or constructive comments. One-sentence posts or peer responses are not appropriate and will not receive full credit.

DQ2

What is the public health code of ethics, and what are the underlying values and beliefs? How does this value system drive the development of health care policy? Respond to three other peers and provide additional insight and/or constructive comments. One-sentence posts or peer responses are not appropriate and will not receive full credit.

 

 

Week 7 discussion

DQ1

Why is an interdisciplinary approach important in addressing global health issues? How do organizations currently work together to solve important global health issues. Support your response with specific examples. Respond to three other peers and provide additional insight and/or constructive comments. One-sentence posts or peer responses are not appropriate and will not receive full credit.

DQ2

What factors influence the development and implementation of health care policy in developing countries? Explore the impact of these factors on the health care system of these countries in your answer. Respond to three other peers and provide additional insight and/or constructive comments. One-sentence posts or peer responses are not appropriate and will not receive full credit.

 

 

Week 8 discussion

DQ1

How has immigration influenced the development of health care policy in the United States? Respond to three other peers and provide additional insight and/or constructive comments. One-sentence posts or peer responses are not appropriate and will not receive full credit.

DQ2

How do the different committees within Congress work together to influence the development of health care policy in the United States? Respond to three other peers and provide additional insight and/or constructive comments. One-sentence posts or peer responses are not appropriate and will not receive full credit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 2 Health Care Policy Process assignment

1) Identify a specific health care policy (e.g., Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, Affordable Health Care Act, etc.) from http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/ or similar websites.

2) In a flow chart, illustrate how the health care policy became law. The flow chart should include a historical timeline from the introduction of the law to its implementation. To create the flowchart, use the “Concept Mapping and Graphing Tool.” After completing the flowchart, save the document as an Acrobat PDF file.

3) In addition, develop a short narrative (500-750 words) which describes the expected effects of the health care policy on specific health outcomes.

4) While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

5) This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

 

Week 4 Health Care Policy Analysis assignment

You are a health care policy analyst for the local health department. You have been tasked with identifying a policy relevant to health care (e.g., obesity, smoking, asthma, etc.) from your state health department. Once identified, you are to conduct a critical analysis of the policy using the six steps of policy analysis:

1) Verify, define, and detail the problem.

2) Establish evaluation criteria.

3) Identify alternative policies.

4) Evaluate alternative policies.

5) Display and distinguish among alternative policies.

6) Monitor the implemented policy.

Present the analysis in a PowerPoint presentation (12-15 slides); make sure to include speaker notes.

While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

 

 

Week 5 Social Ecological Model assignment

1) After reviewing “Social Ecological Model: A Framework for Prevention,” found at http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/overview/social-ecologicalmodel.html, complete the “HLT 600 Social Ecological Model: Obesity Table.”

2) APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

 

Social Ecological Model: Obesity Table

Directions: Complete the table below addressing the issue of obesity at each level.

 

  Level 1: Individual Level 2: Interpersonal Level 3:Organizational Level 4: Community Level 5: Public Policy
Influencing Factors or Characteristics          
Prevention Strategies for:          
Children  

 

       
Adolescents  

 

       
Adults  

 

       
Elderly  

 

       

 

 

 

Week 7 Collaborative Learning Community: Public Health Policy Ethics assignment

This assignment will be a collaborative learning team project. The instructor will assign each student to a CLC group.

Scenario: You are in a committee of legislators reviewing the Universal Health Care Act presented by former President William Clinton, located at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-103hr3600ih/pdf/BILLS-103hr3600ih.pdf

After reviewing the Universal Health Care Act, the committee is tasked with providing an analysis of the ethical considerations of the Act and the implications for accessibility of health care to all American citizens. The analysis should encompass:

1) The history and social context of the Act.

2) Viewpoints for and against the enactment of this act including supporting evidence for both sides.

3) Major frameworks in public health ethics that could be applied to this issue.

4) Recommendations the committee would suggest to strengthen the policy.

The analysis should be presented in a PowerPoint presentation (12-15 slides).

While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

At the time of submission of the assignment, each member will also complete the “HLT 600 Committee Peer Review.” This document will be used in determining individual group participation as well as successful management and completion of project deadlines.

 

Week 8 Establishing My Academic and Career Path Assignment assignment

1) Complete this assignment as outlined in “HLT 600 Establishing My Academic and Career Path.”

Establishing My Academic and Career Path

 

As you begin the transition from academic courses to career opportunities, reflect on how the strategies already discussed can help to guide you through the process. Consider the degree path you have chosen and what additional skills or activities you should engage in beyond the academic learning in your courses to be successful. What initiatives and goals do you have for this career? Begin and continue to establish your academic journey and career goals.

 

Individual courses within the program will offer opportunities through assignments that develop particular skills pertinent to specific career requirements and transfer of acquired knowledge. Other courses and specific assignments such as interview, practicum, and capstone projects provide opportunities for students to be exposed to relevant problems and creative activities in health care. These opportunities will require students to apply techniques acquired from the classroom to active investigation with experienced mentors in the field.

 

Research where to find career openings in your chosen field, select a position you might be interested in, and identify the qualifications and experience required. Identify these requirements as you progress through the coursework provided in your program. Take initiative to inquire and explore as you make connections with your coursework and career goals. Some items to consider further are membership in a professional association, the use of Internet job boards for research into future trends, licensure compliance throughout the country/world, and occupational conditions such as location, shifts worked, required equipment, or safety standards.

 

Listed below are some suggestions related to the types of information that you may want to include in this section of the document:

1) Who? Who would make up my network (e.g., peers, instructors, professionals, colleagues) essential to success in my chosen field in relation to this particular course?

2) What? What are my findings from researching competencies and/or certification requirements for my specific job role in relation to this course?

3) When? When should I begin to make the connection between my course of study and my career goals?

4) Where? Where does this course fit in my career goals? Where could I schedule an interview or internship to bridge the theory in my course with the practice of a job in the field?

5) Why? Why are peer-reviewed articles important and what is the significance of them in a career in health care?

6) How? How does this course relate to the requirements of my career goals? How can I make a link between the course and career experience that I need?

 

Focus on the concepts and skills learned from this course and spend time reflecting on Who, What, When, Where, Why,or How, in establishing your academic and career path. Examples are provided below. The table will continue to expand as you progress through the course.

 

Date Category

(Who, What, When, Where, Why, or How)

Comment Required Follow-Up
1/21/2011

 

 

Who EXAMPLE: Donald Duck – Current manager of the T&D department at ABC hospital. He has agreed to act as a professional mentor as I complete this program. We discussed the capstone project deliverable and steps required for approval.  
  Who    
  Who    
1/29/2011

 

 

What EXAMPLE: Read an article entitled, “Health Care Delivery Dynamics.” This may be my target topic for project: <name of topic>

 

 
 

 

What    
2/10/2011

 

 

When EXAMPLE: Obtain evidence of research project approval from ABC hospital. (5/31/2010)  
       
       
2/17/2011

 

 

Where EXAMPLE: Professional health care association – ACHE (American College Health Care Executives). Made contact and inquiries.  
  Where    
       
       
2/24/2011

 

 

Why EXAMPLE: Based on recent readings, identify five reasons the project would be beneficial to my organization (e.g., improve patient care, enhance hospital efficiency, save money, make money, improve quality, etc.).  
  Why    
       
03/02/2011

 

 

How EXAMPLE:

Tour health care setting (hospital, nursing home, home health agencies, or insurance company) facility and interview IT security officer to gain understanding in the field. (04/12/2010)

 
  How    
       

 

 

 

Week 8 Policy Brief assignment

Details:

1) Generate a policy brief (750-1,000 words) which targets a contemporary issue in public health policy that has global implications (e.g., smoking, obesity, infant mortality, etc.).

2) Refer to the “HLT 600 Policy Brief Guide.”

3) While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

4) This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

 

Policy Brief Guide

Legislators seldom have the time to read through all the literature related to a specific health care policy question. To make well-informed decisions, they rely on short, tightly written briefs that quickly and cogently relay the important policy facts, questions, and arguments about an issue.

An effective policy brief will advance a persuasive argument in a concise, clearly organized fashion. A policy brief does not include a lengthy analysis or review of the literature.

Policy Brief Assignment Template

Introduction:

•Begin with a brief overview and state the health care problem.

•Include the history and social context of the public health condition.

Recommendations:

•Clearly state your recommendations for addressing the issue up front.

Background:

•Outline the history or background relevant to the global prevalence of the condition and health disparities related to the condition.

•Describe the population(s) most affected by the conditions.

•Describe the major agencies responsible for enforcement of public health related to this issue along with outlining their roles.

Analysis:

•Constructively criticize arguments, ideologies, and the quality of current actions being taken to address the condition.

•Use evidence from literature and other sources to support your perspectives and advance your recommendations.

Conclusion:

•Conclude with a persuasive argument and summary statement.

•Summarize the major points and provide recommendations for the implementation of specific policies to address the health care issue.

Adapted from the International Society for Technology in Education at

www.iste.org/Libraries/Templates_Starter…/Policy_Brief_Template.sflb.ashx

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