Topic and Assessment Data

Topic and Assessment Data

To begin, review the Team Assignment instructions in Week Two and the Final Presentation prompt in Week Five.  Select a topic and have it approved by the instructor by Day 3 of Week Three.  Next, work with your team to create two to three PowerPoint slides that provide a solid assessment of the health issue that your group intends to tackle throughout this course. The Assessment must include epidemiological methods and the following items:

  • Descriptive information on the target population (age, gender, culture, ethnicity, etc.) and location (city, town, state, etc.)
  • Identification, through assessment, means of the health issue or problem and how it has affected the target population.
  • Information on impact could come from mortality and morbidity reports, academic research, etc. Avoid using online sources such as WebMD. Government sources are fine, but the databases within the Ashford University Library are the best resources for journal articles that provide data on health impact.
  • Risk factors as outlined by epidemiological means (e.g., social and behavioral determinants within the community or among the population that contributes to or ameliorates this problem)
  • Other demographic information outlined by epidemiological assessment measures
  • An explanation of how the two essential services that revolve around assessment are applied to this health problem.  These services: Monitor Health and Diagnose and Investigate, ensure that a community’s health assessment is accurate.

Components of the Assignment

  • Two to three PowerPoint slides (excluding title and reference slides) with speaker notes that provide information on the selected topic and a brief background of the issue. This does not have to be presented via a screencast program.
  • A separate title slide that lists all team members’ names
  • A topic that focuses on a public health issue or problem within a community, city, state, or county.  Your topic should come from the list in the Team Assignment instructions.
  • A clear and concise thesis/problem statement that is supported with academic research and epidemiological evidence (surveillance, census information, etc.)
  • References in the speaker notes or on a final slide.

 

Carefully review the  Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Assessment and Policy Development Screencast

For this assignment, you will present a PowerPoint presentation via a screencast program (Jing, Screenr, or other audio/video program), refer to the directions below for more information. This will be an overview of the project which includes the first two core functions of public health (assessment and policy development). Include the following sections in your presentation:

  1. Assessment Data – Information from Week Three (with revisions as noted by instructor feedback) will be presented first.
  2. Policy Development Actions
  • What has been done in general to address the issue? (e.g. resources, facilities, organizations) You should find this in academic research from the Ashford University Library
  • What has been done specifically in the community/city/town/state your team is researching to address this issue? (e.g., programs and interventions, creation of organizations to address the issue)
  • Existing Policies – What policies currently exist to resolve the problem? For example: seatbelts were required by car manufacturers to reduce injuries and deaths from car accidents.
  • Policy Development – What new policies should or could be developed to better address the issue? For example: some communities do not fluoridate their water systems, developing such a policy could help reduce dental caries.
  • Identify stakeholders and potential facilitators.  Are there leaders and/or organizations within this community that can be identified and assist with the policy development? Who are they and why did you specifically select them?
  • Make sure you explain how the three essential services that fall into the Policy Development category are applied to your health problem: Inform, Educate and Empower; Mobilize Community Partnerships; and Develop Policies.

Assignment Components:

  1. Presentation must be done via a screencast, using Screenr, Jing, Screencast-O-Matic, or other audio/video program.
  2. Must be a minimum of six slides (excluding the title of reference pages) in length and formatted according to APA style.
  3. Must have a cover slide that includes:
  4. Title of paper
  5. All team member’s names
  6. Course name and number
  7. Instructor’s name
  8. Date submitted
  9. Must include a succinct thesis statement/problem statement.
  10. Must address the topic with critical thought.
  11. Use APA style as shown in the approved style handbook to document all sources.
  12. Must include a Reference slide formatted according to APA style.
  13. Must use at least four scholarly sources, two of which must be from the Ashford University Library, others should be obtained from appropriate epidemiological information

 

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

 

Final Team Presentation: Applying the 10 Essential Services of Public Health

Make sure your group’s Final Presentation includes the following core public health services: assessment, policy implications, and assurances.

Final Team Presentation Steps:

Step 1:    Your instructor will assign you to a team, no later than Day 5 (Saturday) of Week Two.

Step 2:    Meet your teammates in the designated Team Project Workspace (below Week 5).

Step 3:    Check in with your teammates in the designated Team Project Workspace, no later than Day 1 (Tuesday) of Week Three.

Step 4:    You can determine whether to work within the Team Project Workspace discussion area or via email and/or phone (or Google hangouts).  Your instructor may require you to connect in the discussion area for participation points.  Check with your instructor before deciding this.  No matter how you connect, it is critical that you all participate equally in this team project.

Step 5:    Decide on a public health topic (see selections below).

Step 6:    Pick a specified demographic for your topic (e.g. obesity as the topic and children ages six through twelve in central Florida as the demographic, or emergency preparedness as the topic and the event of a hurricane for people living on the east coast for the demographic).

Step 7:    Determine who will be responsible for each portion of your project.  The instructor will NOT assign the parts. This is what you are required to complete as a team:

  • One person to research the assessment portion.
  • One person to put the PowerPoint presentation slides together.
  • One person to write the speaker notes and create the screencast.
  • One person to research the policy section.
  • One person to research the assurance section.
  • One person to upload the assignment (this may be a different team member for each submission).

Step 8:    Designate someone to upload the team assignments to the dropbox (only one person needs to submit the work for the whole team.  It can be someone different for each of the three submissions).

Step 9:    Complete the survey from Week Five, which gives you the opportunity to rate your team-members’ contributions to the overall project.

Step 10:    Make sure your team reviews the instructor’s notes after each assignment and makes revisions as requested.

Overall, your Team Presentation will:

  • Focus on a real-life issue or problem related to health care within a community, city, or county.
  • Each team will create two presentations (via screencast, Jing, or other audio/video program). Each presentation should have at least six slides. Presentations must analyze the health issue/problem chosen by the group, describe its impact, provide policy recommendations, and apply public health assurances that the public health system will be effective in addressing this issue.
  • Teams will consist of three to four students as determined by the instructor no later than Day 3 of Week One.
  • Teams will present their findings in a well-organized, concise, and expert analysis proposal.
  • The first part of the team assignment, Topic and Assessment Data, will be due in Week Three.
  • The second part of the team assignment, Assessment and Policy Development Screencast, will be due in Week Four.
  • For the third part of the team assignment, the Final Presentation, you will follow the outline of the 10 Essential Public Health Services to address a public health issue/concern.  Select a topic and walk through the services that fall under the three core functions of public health as outlined below (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013):

Topics That Could Be Selected for Your Final Presentation:

  • Poverty and/or health disparities
  • A specific infectious disease
  • A specific chronic disease
  • Maternal/child health
  • Mental health
  • Affordable Care Act/health insurance issues (accessibility)
  • Terrorism and emergency response
  • Bioterrorism and emergency response
  • Natural disaster and emergency response
  • Manmade disaster and emergency Response
  • A specific health issue affecting a target group (young Adults, adolescents, children, elderly, men, women, etc.
  • Other topic – must be approved by the instructor

Specific Core Functions of Public Health

Assessment

  • Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems.
  • Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.

Policy Development

  • Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
  • Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems.
  • Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.

Assurance

  • Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
  • Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.
  • Assure competent public and personal health care workforce.
  • Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
  • Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.

Components of the Final Presentation 

  1. Presentation must be done via screencast, Jing, Screencast-O-Matic, or other audio/video program.
  2. Must be a minimum of six slides (excluding the title and reference slides) and formatted according to APA style.
  3. Must have a cover slide that includes:
    1. Title of paper
    2. Each team member’s name
    3. Course name and number
    4. Instructor’s name
    5. Date submitted
  4. Must include a succinct thesis statement/problem statement.
  5. Must use at least 2 scholarly sources to support your assessment.
  6. Must address the topic with critical thought.
  7. Use APA style as illustrated in the Ashford Writing Center to document all sources.
  8. Must include a reference slide formatted according to APA style.
  9. Must use at least four scholarly sources, two of which must be from the Ashford University Library, others should be obtained from appropriate epidemiological information.

Screencast I:

The Assessment must include epidemiological methods including, but not limited to the following items:

  • Descriptive information on the target population (e.g., age, gender, culture, ethnicity) and location (e.g., city, town, state).
  • Identification through assessment means of the health issue/problem and how it has affected the target population (information on impact could come from mortality and morbidity reports, academic research, etc. Avoid using online sources such as WebMD. Government sources are fine, but the Ashford Library’s journal collection is the best means to discover data on health impact.)
  • Risk factors as outlined by epidemiological means (risk factors include social and behavioral determinants within the community or among the population that contributes to or ameliorates this problem).
  • Other demographic information outlined by epidemiological assessment measures.
  • Explain how the two essential services that revolve around assessment are applied to this health problem: 1) Monitor Health and 2) Diagnose and Investigate. These two services ensure that a community’s health assessment is accurate.

Policy Development Actions

  • Describe what has been done in general to address the issue (e.g. resources, facilities, organizations).  Locate scholarly sources from the Ashford University Library to help you address what has already been done to address the issue.
  • Describe what has been done specifically in the community/city/town/state your team is researching to address this issue (e.g., programs and interventions or the creation of organizations to address the issue).
  • Existing Policies.  Analyze the policies that currently exist to resolve the problem.  For example: seatbelts were required by car manufacturers to reduce injuries and deaths from car accidents.
  • Policy Development.  Discuss new policies that should or could be developed to better address the issue.  For example: some communities do not fluoridate their water systems and developing such a policy could help reduce dental caries.
  • Identify Stakeholders and potential facilitators.  Are there leaders and/or organizations within this community that can be identified and assist with the policy development? Who are they and why would you specifically select them?
  • Explain how the three essential services that fall into the Policy Development category are applied to your health problem: 3) Inform, Educate and Empower; 4) Mobilize Community Partnerships; and 5) Develop Policies.

Screencast II:

Assurance Activities: Now that the assessment and policy development actions have been outlined, provide assurances to the affected community that what has been or will be done will be effective and sustaining. With each of the four essential services associated with assurance, analyze how these factors will be applied to the selected health problem for this population.  The key terms in each of these are listed below.  Critically think about how you should enforce, link, assure and evaluate in relation to your assessment data and policy actions:

  • Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
  • Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health when otherwise unavailable
  • Assure competent public and personal health care workforce
  • Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services

Conclusion: Compose a brief conclusion on what was covered and examine the legal and ethical considerations affiliated with the population in relation to assessment, policy development, and assurances. Then, include a brief synopsis of how the 10th Essential Service can help address this issue within all three of the core functions: assessment, policy development, and assurance. Research for new insights and innovate solutions to health problems.

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