I HAVE PROVIDED A LINK TO POSSIBLE HEALTH POLICY ISSUES YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM, ON THE WEBSITE UNDER HEALTH AND MEDICINE TOPICS. PLEASE READ ALL DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY AS EACH PART IS IMPORTANT. IT MAY BE MORE CLEAR TO READ THE DIRECTIONS FROM THE ATTACHED DOCUMENT.
What Health Policy Issue are You Concerned About?
This assignment requires the student to initially do some thinking about what current health care problem, issue or topic is something that you (or someone you know) is interested in or concerned about. Your interest or concern must be about a health related problem that can be addressed by government. This assignment has the following components:
A. Identify a health care issue and describe why this issue is of concern and/or interest to you. Include documentation and evidence that supports the need for this issue to become a public policy (not an action by the healthcare industry). YOUR TOPIC SHOULD BE VERY SPECIFIC AND NARROW IN SCOPE, MAKING IT EASIER TO DEVELOP A MORE EFFECTIVE POLICY.
B. Determine what kind of public policy your healthcare issue needs. From what you learned from Figure 1, identify whether the policy should be a distributive or regulatory policy, and why.
Length of A and B: 2 pages
C. Applying what you have learned in the class, produce a strategy for realizing your desire to have government address your health problem or concern. Your strategy will include the following:
1. Whether (and why) the policy solution you desire is
one that is best suited to:
a. Be addressed by the federal, state, or local government;
b. Originate in the legislative, executive, or judicial branch of government; and
c. Be a new or modified action by government
Length of C(1): 2 pages
2. How you plan to accomplish your desire to have government address your problem. This includes:
a. Identification of which individuals or organizations NOT PART OF GOVERNMENT you will work with to get your issue/concern on the political agenda of policy makers in government.
b. Determination of how best to advocate/lobby for your issue to government policymakers, including to whom in government you will be targeting your lobbying efforts, and how you plan to get their attention and support.
Length of C(2): 2-3 pages
3. Draft a Proposed Policy that outlines your problem and what government should do. The form of this policy (law, regulation, court decision, ordinance, etc.) will be based on how you answer C (1).
Length of C(3): 2 pages
The paper should total 8-9 pages double-spaced MLA format, Times New Roman, size 12 font (not including title page and references)
Make sure the health policy solution is one involving:
1. federal, state, or local government
2. the legislative, executive, or judicial branch of government
3. a policy that represents a new or modified action by government