Describe your selected population health issue and the population affected by this issue.

To be an effective advocate and to develop a successful health advocacy campaign, you must have a clear idea of the goals of your campaign program and be able to communicate those goals to others. In addition, it is the nature of nurses to want to help, but it is important to make sure that the vision you develop is manageable in size and scope. By researching what others have done, you will better appreciate what can realistically be accomplished. It is also wise to determine if others have similar goals and to work with these people to form strategic partnerships. If you begin your planning with a strong idea of your resources, assets, and capabilities, you will be much more likely to succeed and truly make a difference with those you hope to help.

 

Over the next 3 weeks, you will develop a 9- to 12-page paper that outlines a health advocacy campaign designed to promote policies to improve the health of a population of your choice. This week, you will establish the framework for your campaign by identifying a population health concern of interest to you. You will then provide an overview of how you would approach advocating for this issue. In Week 9, you will consider legal and regulatory factors that have an impact on the issue and finally, in Week 10, you will identify ethical concerns that you could face as an advocate. Specific details for each aspect of this paper are provided each week. The Final Paper will be due in Week 10. This paper will serve as the Portfolio Application for the course.

 

Before you begin, review the complete Assignment.

 

This week, begin developing your health advocacy campaign by focusing on the following:

 

Identifying a Problem

To prepare:

 

  • Select a population health issue of interest to you and identify the population affected by the issue.( for me it can be either cervical or breast cancer, (young females) or childhood obesity, or prevention of coronary heart disease in the elderly)
  • Locate two scholarly articles, each of which provides a description of an effective health advocacy program that addresses your issue. here are some sample articles below:

 

Miyagi, E., Sukegawa, A., Motoki, Y., Kaneko, T., Maruyama, Y., Asai-Sato, M., & … Hirahara, F. (2014). Attitudes toward cervical cancer screening among women receiving human papillomavirus vaccination in a university-hospital-based community: interim 2-year follow-up results. The Journal Of Obstetrics And Gynaecology Research, 40(4), 1105-1113. doi:10.1111/jog.12288

 

Sherris, J., Agurto, I., Arrossi, S., Dzuba, I., Gaffikin, L., Herdman, C., & … Luciani, S. (2005). Advocating for cervical cancer prevention. International Journal Of Gynaecology And Obstetrics: The Official Organ Of The International Federation Of Gynaecology And Obstetrics, 89 Suppl 2S46-S54.

 

Tsu, V. D., & Jeronimo, J. (2013). Accelerating the reduction in cervical cancer: what can we learn from the Safe Motherhood movement?. International Journal Of Gynaecology And Obstetrics: The Official Organ Of The International Federation Of Gynaecology And Obstetrics, 123(1), 1-3. doi:10.1016/j.ijgo.2013.07.002

 

Giordano, L., Webster, P., Anthony, C., Szarewski, A., Davies, P., Arbyn, M., & … Austoker, J. (2008). Improving the quality of communication in organised cervical cancer screening programmes. Patient Education & Counseling, 72(1), 130-136 7p.

 

Hunter, J. L. (2005). Emelda’s story: applying ethnographic insights to cultural assessment and cervical cancer control. Journal Of Transcultural Nursing: Official Journal Of The Transcultural Nursing Society / Transcultural Nursing Society, 16(4), 322-330

 

Bigby, J., Ko, L. K., Johnson, N., David, M. A., & Ferrer, B. (2003). A community approach to addressing excess breast and cervical cancer mortality among women of African descent in Boston. Public Health Reports (Washington, D.C.: 1974), 118(4), 338-347.

 

 

 

  • Analyze the attributes of the programs to determine what made them effective.
  • Reflect on a policy you could propose or a change to a current policy to further improve the health of the population you selected with regard to the issue.
  • Consider how you could develop an advocacy program, applying the attributes identified in similar, effective programs.For this section of your paper (approximately 3–4 pages in length) address the following:
  • To complete:

 

  • Describe your selected population health issue and the population affected by this issue.
  • Summarize the advocacy programs you researched in this area.
  • Explain the attributes that made those programs effective.
  • Develop a plan for a health advocacy campaign that seeks to create a new policy or change an existing policy with regard to the issue and population you selected. Be sure to include in your plan:
    • A description of the public health issue and proposed policy solution
    • Specific objectives for the policy you want to be implemented
    • The means by which you will convey information to various stakeholders on the need for this policy change
    • Be sure your proposed need is substantiated by data and evidence.
    • Methods of establishing support for the policy, including how to influence policymakers
  • Explain how the attributes of the effective advocacy programs you researched could be applied to your proposed advocacy campaign.Required Resources

 

  • Milstead, J. A. (2013). Health policy and politics: A nurse’s guide (Laureate Education, Inc., custom ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
    • Chapter 3, “Government Response: Legislation—Politics: Playing the Game” (pp. 45–71) (review)

      This chapter explores the multiple factors that influence the development of public policy through the legislative branch of government.

    • Chapter 9, “Policy Nurses Advance Policy Agendas in Many Arenas” (pp. 179–189)

      The focus of this chapter is the role of policy nurses within nurse associations and it highlights specific organization that specifically deal with policy nurses and advocacy.

  • Begley, A. (2010). On being a good nurse: Reflections on the past and preparing for the future. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 16(6), 525–532.

    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

    In this article, the author reflects on the qualities of a good nurse in both the past and present. The article presents a 4-point framework that exemplifies the foundational qualities of modern professional ethics and conduct.

  • Davis-Alldritt, L. (2011). Presidential inaugural address: Advocacy, access, and achievement. Journal of School Nursing, 27(4), 249–251.

    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

    This address explicates links between school nursing, school health services, and student success. The author uses personal anecdotes to teach lessons in advocacy, access, and achievement.

  • Deyton, L., Hess, W. J., & Jackonis, M. J. (2008, Winter). War, its aftermath, and U.S. health policy: Toward a comprehensive health program for America’s military personnel, veterans, and their families. Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics, 36(4), 677-689.

    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

  • Karpf, T., Ferguson, J. T., & Swift, R. (2010). Light still shines in the darkness: Decent care for all. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 28(4), 266–274.

    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

    This article details the challenges of health care crises at the global, national, and local levels. The text proposes a values-based approach to health care that takes into account the voices of the population being served, rather than excluding them.

  • Paquin, S. O. (2011). Social justice advocacy in nursing: What is it? How do we get there? Creative Nursing, 17(2), 63–67.

    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

    This text defines social justice advocacy and contrasts it to the patient-nurse advocacy model. The article also discusses social justice advocacy’s challenges and their potential solutions.

  • International Council of Nurses. (2008). Promoting health: Advocacy guide for health professionals. Retrieved from http://www.whpa.org/PPE_Advocacy_Guide.pdf

    This web resource documents the efforts of the International Council of Nurses to ensure quality nursing care for all, as well as sound health policies globally through the advancement of nursing knowledge and presence worldwide.

  • Vancouver Coastal Health. (n.d.). Vancouver Coastal Health Population Health: Advocacy guidelines and resources. Retrieved from http://www.vch.ca/media/Population Health_Advocacy Guideline and Resources.pdf

    This article presents guidelines, parameters, and resources for conducting population health advocacy.

  • Media

 

  • Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2012g). The needle exchange program. Baltimore, MD: Author

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