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M6D1: Policy Alternatives for Achieving Health Equity
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The health of the population matters!The focus of this discussion is the possible policy alternatives or interventions that can be put in place in an effort to eliminate health disparities.
The assignment builds on the content of the module in that it asks you to identify a health disparity that is of interest to you and then access the evidence based literature (available through Excelsior College Library) to identify a possible policy alternative that would work toward achieving health equity.
The assignment builds on the content of the module in that it asks you to apply what you learned within the context of your everyday experience of work. The essence of this is to ask you to see beyond the tasks of your daily work experiences and make explicit your understanding and recognition of the reality of the lives of the individuals you work with and how their health is the outcome of social and material determinants.
The phrase policy alternative is used because as you’ve know from reading the module notes, there are multiple policy initiatives and opportunities that can be taken to eliminate a health disparity. Each policy alternative offers an opportunity to have an impact on a unique aspect of a health disparity. It is rare that any one policy alternative can address all aspects of a disparity.
To prepare for this discussion, please complete all required reading and viewing, including the Module Notes, prior to continuing. You may also want to review the reading and viewing from Modules 4 and 5 as well as any other readings referenced within the notes for Module 6.
This discussion asks you to identify a potential policy alternative or intervention in response to a specific health disparity which you will identify from the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report — United States, 2013.
Please address the following:
Identify a disparity that is of interest to you.
Share with your peers what you have learned about the disparity, including population demographics, characteristics, etc.
Identify a peer reviewed evidenced-based article that describes a possible policy alternative or intervention that has the potential to work towards achieving health equity.
Explain why the disparity warrants intervention and how the policy alternative you’ve selected is appropriate.
Describe the policy alternative, the level of government at which the policy would be enacted, the institution and/or organizations that would be involved and the specific way in which the policy could work towards achieving health equity.
Explain the role of the master’s prepared nurse in promoting this policy alternative.
What are the opportunities for advocacy, lobbying particular special interest groups or stakeholders, working within professional organizations, etc.? Be as specific here as possible, especially when identifying interest groups and stakeholders.
For your initial response, please be sure to address all of the above statements and/ or questions.
Use these EC Library and OWL resources for research assistance and to properly cite your work:
Master’s in Nursing Research Guide (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Plagiarism & Copyright (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Excelsior Library Writing Help (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
APA Citation Help (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Excelsior College Online Writing Lab (OWL) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
How You Are Evaluated
You are expected to participate in academic conversations with peers and faculty to generate scholarly dialogue. Expectations for participation in the course discussions are described under the Discussion Rubric: Exploration, Spirit of Inquiry, and Engagement (interactions) when relating your experiences, opinions, viewpoints, and ideas supported by evidence.
Consult the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your discussion posts. It is recommended that you write your post in a document first. Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to make your initial post, click “Reply.” Then copy/paste the text into the message field, and click “Post Reply.”
To respond to a peer, click “Reply” beneath her or his post and continue as with an initial post.
This discussion will be graded using the discussion board rubric. Please review this rubric, located on the Rubrics page within the Start Here module of the course, prior to beginning your work to ensure your participation meets the criteria in place for this discussion. All discussions combined are worth 40% of your final course grade.

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