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Overview
The final project for this course is the creation of an analysis and recommendations paper. Contemporary public health issues addressed by the social and
behavioral sciences include the prevention and treatment of alcohol and drug abuse, tobacco control, injury control, mental health, domestic violence, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, adolescent health, communications, and grassroots political and community organizing. Effective solutions to widespread public health problems require the ability to plan, implement, and administer programs that take into account the actual factors that influence individual behaviors and reduce existing disparities. Both quantitative and qualitative research is used to inform program planning and evaluation.
For this project, you will analyze a public health issue that affects a community or population of your choice. You will also analyze the social and behavioral factors associated with the issue and make recommendations for specific changes in social and behavioral factors that will help improve the issue. You will use social or behavioral theories, concepts, or models to substantiate your claims.
The project is divided into four milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality final submissions. These milestones will be submitted in Modules One, Two, Four, and Five. The final project submission occurs in Module Seven.
This assignment will address the following course outcomes:
PHE-340-01: Analyze the impact of social and behavioral factors on individual and population health for improving overall population health
PHE-340-02: Analyze the impact of community interventions on population health in identifying the efficacy of health programs
PHE-340-03: Apply appropriate public health theories, concepts, or models in examining behavioral, social, and cultural factors associated with health
issues
PHE-340-04: Recommend evidence-based strategies for effecting changes in social and behavioral issues
Prompt
For this assignment, consider yourself an employee of an actual healthcare organization of your choosing, in which your role is to research the social and behavioral aspects of public health issues and make recommendations about changes in social and behavioral factors that will lead to a decrease in public health issues. You will choose a public health issue with your instructor’s approval for the basis of this project, analyze the issue for its social and behavioral factors, and make specific recommendations for changes that will lead to a measurable improvement of that issue.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Introduction
Summarize your public health issue with respect to the community or state to which it is pertinent.
Discuss why it is considered a public health issue. Be sure to support your claims with research.
C. Identify the population that is most at risk for this issue. Be sure to support your claims with research.
Analysis
Describe the social, behavioral, and cultural factors associated with this public health issue. Be sure to substantiate your claims with relevant
evidence-based research.
Assess the impact of local initiatives that may exist on your selected issue. In other words, what has been done in the community, including
organizational support, initiatives, or programs, in response to this issue? Be sure to substantiate your claims with specific examples and
research.
Assess the impact of state-sponsored programs or interventions that may exist to address your selected public health issue. Be sure to
substantiate your claims with specific examples and research.
Analyze the efficacy of local and state initiatives and programs that address your selected public health issue. In other words, are those
initiatives or programs working? Be sure to justify your reasoning with relevant evidence-based research.
Bearing in mind that there may be several, identify a healthcare disparity (that is, a gap in care that is typically experienced by an underserved
population) associated with this public health issue.
What efforts have been made toward reducing the disparity you identified? Be sure to substantiate your claims with relevant evidence-based
research.
Theoretical Support
Bearing in mind that there may be several, choose a social, behavioral, or cultural factor associated with your selected public health issue that
needs to change in order to improve the issue. Be sure to explain why you chose this particular factor.
Select the public health theory, model, or concept that most appropriately applies to the social, behavioral, or cultural factor you chose in the
above step.
Describe the strengths of the theory, model, or concept you selected for addressing your chosen social, behavioral, or cultural factor. Be sure to
substantiate your claims with specific examples and research.
Describe the weaknesses of the theory, model, or concept you selected for addressing your chosen social, behavioral, or cultural factor. Be sure
to substantiate your claims with specific examples and research.
Recommendations
Make specific evidence-based recommendations for community-level stakeholders for positively impacting the social, behavioral, or cultural
factor you selected. Be sure to justify the rationale behind your recommendations.
Make specific evidence-based recommendations for the relevant state agency (or agencies) for promoting positive change in your selected
factor. Be sure to justify the rationale behind your recommendations.
Make specific evidence-based recommendations for reducing the healthcare disparity you previously identified. Be sure to justify the rationale
behind your recommendations.
Make general recommendations for improving the overall public health issue you selected. Be sure to justify the rationale behind your
recommendations.
V. Reflection
Summarize the public health issue you selected and the social, behavioral, or cultural changes that would need to be made to bring about
improvement.
Discuss how your recommendations would support such change. Be sure to substantiate your claims with evidence.
Milestones
Milestone One: Topic Approval and Draft of Introduction
In Module One, you will submit your final project topic for approval and include a draft of the introduction portion of the final project (Section I). This assignment should contain an overview of the public health issue and target population you will be addressing in your final project. You should frame the impact that your selected public health issue had (or is having) on your target populations at a national and/or international level. At least two sources should be used for this assignment. This milestone provides the foundation for your entire final project. With future milestones, you will build upon the work you submit in this milestone. This milestone is graded with the Milestone One Rubric.
Milestone Two: Draft of Analysis
In Module Two, you will submit a draft of the analysis portion of the final project (Section II). This milestone requires you to expand your understanding of the public health issue you have chosen for your final project. You will demonstrate your deepened understanding of the issue by considering the cultural factors, local initiatives, state initiatives, and healthcare disparities associated with your topic. The milestone will help you establish a strong background of the issue so you can assess the theoretical framework that you will use as the basis for the rest of your final project work. It will also help you prepare for Milestone Three. This milestone is graded with the Milestone Two Rubric.
Milestone Three: Draft of Theoretical Support
In Module Four, you will submit a draft of the theoretical support portion of the final project (Section III). This assignment builds on the work you did in Milestone Two, as you will choose the theoretical framework you will use to guide the recommendations and reflection sections of the final project. In this milestone, you will determine and justify a factor to be considered for your analysis and recommendations. You will rationalize your choice by pulling in other research and support. In addition, you will address both the strengths and limitations of your chosen theory as it pertains to the issue you chose. This milestone is graded with the Milestone Three Rubric.
Milestone Four: Draft of Recommendations and Reflection
In Module Five, you will submit your draft of the recommendations and reflection portions of the final project (Sections IV and V). This assignment allows you to advocate for the health disparities you discovered in your analysis by providing a potential solution for the issue you discovered. The recommendations you put forth in this milestone will be substantiated with solid evidence. This milestone is graded with the Milestone Four Rubric.
Final Project Submission: Analysis and Recommendations Paper
In Module Seven, you will submit your final project. It should be a complete, polished artifact containing all of the critical elements of the final product. It should reflect the incorporation of feedback gained throughout the course. This submission is graded using the Final Project Rubric.
Milestone
Deliverable
Deliverables Module Due
One Two Four Five Seven
Grading
Graded separately; Milestone One Rubric
Graded separately; Milestone Two Rubric Graded separately; Milestone Three Rubric Graded separately; Milestone Four Rubric Graded separately; Final Project Rubric
1 Topic Approval and Draft of Introduction
2 Draft of Analysis
3 Draft of Theoretical Support
4 Draft of Recommendations and Reflection
Final Project Submission: Analysis and Recommendations Paper
Final Project Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: Your paper should be 8–10 pages in length (plus a cover page and references) and should use double spacing, 12-point Times New
Roman font, and one-inch margins. Include at least three sources, which should be cited according to APA style.
Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (85%) Needs Improvement (55%) Not Evident (0%) Value
Introduction
Meets “Proficient” criteria and uses industry-specific language to establish expertise
Comprehensively introduces public health issue and supports claims with research
Introduces public health issue but with gaps in detail, or does not support claims with research
Does not introduce public health issue
3
Analysis: Factors
Meets “Proficient” criteria and provides an in-depth, detailed overview of factors associated with chosen public health issue
Accurately describes social, behavioral, and cultural factors associated with chosen public health issue and substantiates claims with relevant, evidence- based research
Describes social, behavioral, and cultural factors associated with chosen public health issue but with gaps in accuracy, or research is not relevant or evidence-based
Does not describe social, behavioral, and cultural factors associated with chosen public health issue
6
Analysis: Local Initiatives
Meets “Proficient” criteria and draws nuanced, well-informed connections between concepts
Comprehensively assesses impact of local initiatives on selected issue and substantiates claims with specific examples and research
Assesses impact of local initiatives on selected issue but with gaps in detail, or does not substantiate claims with specific examples and research
Does not assess impact of local initiatives on selected issue
6
Analysis: State- Sponsored Programs or Interventions
Meets “Proficient” criteria and draws nuanced, well-informed connections between concepts
Comprehensively assesses impact of state-sponsored programs or interventions on selected issue and substantiates claims with specific examples and research
Assesses impact of state- sponsored programs or interventions on selected issue but with gaps in detail, or does not substantiate claims with specific examples and research
Does not assess impact of state- sponsored programs or interventions on selected issue
6
Analysis: Efficacy
Meets “Proficient” criteria and draws nuanced, well-informed connections between concepts
Accurately analyzes efficacy of local and state initiatives and programs that address selected issue and justifies reasoning with relevant, evidence-based research
Analyzes efficacy of local and state initiatives and programs but without regard to selected issue, or research is not relevant or evidence-based
Does not discuss efficacy of local and state initiatives and programs
6
Analysis: Disparity
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and description evidences keen consideration of social responsibility
Accurately identifies a healthcare disparity associated with chosen public health issue
Identifies a healthcare disparity that is not associated with chosen public health issue, or there are gaps in accuracy
Does not describe a healthcare disparity associated with chosen public health issue
6
Analysis: Reducing the Disparity
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and description evidences keen consideration of social responsibility
Describes efforts that have been made to reduce identified disparity and substantiates claims with specific examples and research
Describes efforts that have been made to reduce disparities but not the identified disparity, or does not substantiate claims with specific examples and research
Does not describe efforts that have been made to reduce identified disparity
6
Theoretical Support: Choice
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and articulation is exceptionally clear and logical
Chooses a social, behavioral, or cultural factor associated with chosen issue that needs to change to improve the issue, and explains why the factor was chosen
Chooses a social, behavioral, or cultural factor that is not associated with the chosen issue or that does not need to be changed to improve the issue, or does not explain why the factor was chosen
Does not choose a social, behavioral, or cultural factor
6
Theoretical Support: Theory
Meets “Proficient” criteria and draws nuanced, well-informed connections between concepts
Selects the theory, model, or concept that most appropriately applies to the chosen social, behavioral, or cultural factor
Selects a theory, model, or concept that is not appropriately applied to the chosen social, behavioral, or cultural factor
Does not select a theory, model, or concept to apply to the chosen social, behavioral, or cultural factor
6
Theoretical Support: Strengths
Meets “Proficient” criteria and draws nuanced, well-informed connections between concepts
Accurately describes the strengths of the theory, model, or concept and substantiates claims with specific examples and research
Describes the strengths of the theory, model, or concept but with gaps in accuracy, or does not substantiate claims with specific examples and research
Does not describe the strengths of the theory, model, or concept
6
Theoretical Support: Weaknesses
Meets “Proficient” criteria and draws nuanced, well-informed connections between concepts
Accurately describes the weaknesses of the theory, model, or concept and substantiates claims with specific examples and research
Describes the weaknesses of the theory, model, or concept but with gaps in accuracy, or does not substantiate claims with specific examples and research
Does not describe the weaknesses of the theory, model, or concept
6
Recommendations: Community-Level Stakeholders
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and recommendations integrate relevant theories and research
Makes appropriate evidence- based recommendations for community-level stakeholders and justifies rationale behind recommendations
Makes recommendations that are not appropriate or are not evidence-based for community- level stakeholders, or does not justify rationale behind recommendations
Does not make evidence-based recommendations for community-level stakeholders
6
Recommendations: State Agency
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and recommendations integrate relevant theories and research
Makes appropriate evidence- based recommendations for state agency or agencies and justifies rationale behind recommendations
Makes recommendations that are not appropriate or are not evidence-based for state agency or agencies, or does not justify rationale behind recommendations
Does not make evidence-based recommendations for state agency
6
Recommendations: Reducing the Healthcare Disparity
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and recommendations integrate relevant theories and research
Makes appropriate evidence- based recommendations for reducing identified healthcare disparity, and justifies rationale behind recommendations
Makes recommendations that are not appropriate or are not evidence-based for reducing identified healthcare disparity, or does not justify rationale behind recommendations
Does not make evidence-based recommendations for reducing identified healthcare disparity
6
Recommendations: Overall Public Health Issue
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and recommendations integrate relevant theories and research
Makes appropriate general recommendations for improving overall public health issue and justifies rationale behind recommendations
Makes recommendations that are not appropriate for improving overall public health issue, or does not justify rationale behind recommendations
Does not make recommendations for improving overall public health issue
6
Reflection: Summarize
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and summary is exceptionally clear and concise
Summarizes selected public health issue and social, behavioral, or cultural changes required for improving issue
Summarizes selected public health issue but does not address social, behavioral, or cultural changes required for improving issue, or changes noted are not appropriate for improving issue
Does not summarize selected public health issue
3
Reflection: Support
Meets “Proficient” criteria and provides detailed examples of how recommendations fill gaps in current initiatives and programs
Accurately discusses how recommendations would support change and substantiates claims with evidence
Discusses how recommendations might support change, but with gaps in accuracy, or does not substantiate claims with evidence
Does not discuss how recommendations would support change
6
Articulation of Response
Submission is free of errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, and organization and is presented in a professional and easy to read format
Submission has no major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization
Submission has major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that negatively impact readability and articulation of main ideas
Submission has critical errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that prevent understanding of ideas
4
Earned Total 100

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