The following learning objective(s) are addressed by this assessment:
Examine how policies affect the organization and funding of health care, as well as practice and health outcomes.
It’s easy to talk about how things “should be” in terms of economical, high-quality healthcare. But what steps may be done to effect real change? For this debate, you will play the position of community leader with authority and influence. You have the power to suggest a program or service that can enhance the health of your community in this capacity. Respond to the following question, taking into account your role:
Propose one measure that will enhance your community’s health while addressing health inequities and socioeconomic concerns.
Provide a brief discussion of why this metric is needed (this may include some information on your community/demographics).
Explain briefly how you intend to implement and support the initiative.
Summarize any pushback you anticipate receiving (and from whom).
Describe what is required to adopt or implement this measure (ex: city council approval, city budget approval, mayoral endorsement, state funding, grants, etc.)
Please use APA citations and references to back up your thoughts and opinions.
#1: Public policies may develop, regulate, and sustain public goods that promote healthy ecosystems.
Consider our state highways and roads. They are supported by taxes and user fees and are available to everybody. The accessibility of vital services and the walkability of communities, for example, may be influenced by how these roadways are designed, built, linked, and maintained. These characteristics might generate possibilities (or barriers) to receiving care and making healthy decisions. For further information, see How Transportation Affects Public Health.
#2: To prevent harm, public policy can manage natural resources.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, for example, controls air and water quality to assure its safety. Many people assume that the air they breathe and the water they drink are safe and healthy, yet pollution and polluted drinking water contribute to health disorders such as asthma and waterborne sickness. (4)
#3: Government policies can impose obligations and regulations to safeguard citizens.
Traffic accidents, for example, are a primary source of fatalities and injuries. To remedy this issue, mandatory seat belt legislation were enacted. These rules have boosted the use of seat belts and reduced the incidence of motor vehicle-related injuries and fatalities. (5) Another example is anti-drunk driving legislation.