Public Health Issue and Policy Review
You are a newly hired summer legislative intern in Minnesota. Currently, several public health issues have risen to the forefront in constituent and stakeholder town hall meetings. These include:
Access to reproductive health care/reproductive health rights.
Maternal and child health.
Smoking cessation/substance abuse prevention.
Violence prevention/public safety.
These are not new issues, but a need for new policy development always exists. The legislator is eager to respond to requests for action from his supporters and detractors and to embark on a strong public health legislative agenda.
Demonstration of Proficiency
By successfully completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the course competencies through the following assignment scoring guide criteria:
Competency 1: Explain the impact of policies and legislation on individual and population health.
Provide a summary of three recent, relevant legislative actions that includes the implementation level, legislative supporters, and positive public health impacts on individuals and populations.
Competency 2: Identify and define public health issues based on best evidence about what makes and keeps people healthy.
Provide the best evidence that demonstrates a chosen public health issues relevancy and significance to the community, state, or U.S. residents.
Competency 5: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and respectful of the diversity, dignity, and integrity of others and is consistent with health care professionals.
Cite in APA format a minimum of five current, scholarly, and/or authoritative sources within the text and in a separate reference page.
Write a clear, persuasive, organized, and generally error-free policy review that is reflective of professional communication in the public health field.
As your first task, the legislators chief of staff has assigned the public health issues list to you. In a real policy creation context or in professional practice, a public health issue list may not be provided. In actuality, issue identification is part of a larger guided and data directed process informed by an in-depth community needs assessment. For the purpose of this assignment, this list is being provided to you.
Based on what you know about your community or state and your interests, choose one issue from the list provided. You will then write a 35-page review of the issue you selected. The chief of staff, legislative director, and the legislator will use your review to inform a substantive conversation they will have to determine tangible, actionable next steps.
Use the Public Health Issue and Policy Review Template to complete your assignment. Your review needs to address all of the following:
Cover page (1 page).
Include your name, course number and title, instructor name, and assignment title.
Introduction (1 page).
Explain why the issue is important or why it should be important to residents in your community, state, or in the United States.
Note: Do not simply rely on your personal opinion. Look for data (morbidity, mortality, cost, indicators of health access, et cetera) that support the issues importance and relevance.
Summary of Recent Legislative Actions (12 pages).
Summarize a minimum of three significant recent legislative actions that have occurred within the past five years that have been implemented on the state and/or federal level to directly address the chosen issue. In your summary be sure to:
Specify the implementation level (state or national).
Identify key legislative supporters (individual stakeholders or stakeholder groups).
Present for each legislative action, one measurable, successful outcome. For example, in a neighborhood gun buy-back program, did the number of gun-related deaths or injuries decrease? By how much?
Conclusion (12 paragraphs).
Summarize the most important takeaways you want the reader to remember about your public health issue and policy review. Remember this is your final opportunity to make a lasting impression.
References (1 page).
Include a reference list that adheres to APA style and formatting guidelines to support all information cited.
Be sure to cite your sources within your review in APA format.