In Week 2, we examined the efforts of the federal and state government with implementing population health initiatives. One of the popular initiatives is Healthy People 2020, which is designed to improve the health outcomes across the country. Unlike this initiative, there are smaller scale initiatives that states and even local government implement to improve the health of the population.
As we transition into Week 3, we will examine a variety of secondary data sets from federal and state resources and from private stakeholder groups.
When you complete this week, you will:
- Evaluate population health data
- Design population health initiatives to address community needs
Please locate all of the items under the Week 3 tab and carefully read all content including the instructions and review the videos. It is imperative that you are mindful of the due dates of all activities .
2.Project: Final Project Data Analysis and Initiative Proposal
Your final assignment for this course (referred to as the Final Project) begins in Week 3 with the completion of a Community Needs Assessment. This project builds by sections during Weeks 3, 6, 8, and 11. It is important that you select a health topic in Week 3 that you will be able to write about at length during the four weeks you are developing your project. This week, you begin your Community Needs Assessment Final Project by completing an analysis of your local community to identify the top health problems.
Community Needs Assessments are used by health care administrators, decision makers, and policy makers to identify health inequities and to ensure that health care resources are maximized for health improvement. A Community Needs Assessment describes the health and welfare of the priority population, identifies the major health risk factors, and the top health problems, and helps to identify the next steps to address these factors.
To prepare for this Assignment
Consider the parameters of your geographic area. This is a population based project; please choose a city or county in your state – or country. You will complete and submit both sections of the Data Collection Worksheet Template provided in this week’s Learning Resources.
- Complete Section One of the Data Collection Worksheet Template provided in this week’s Learning Resources. The data you enter on the worksheet should be based on a city or county – plus US data. (International students may choose a region of their country and compare this data to their country’s national data)
- Compare your city or county data to the national data in the appropriate column. You will summarize these findings in Section Two.
- Complete Section Two. Based on your analysis and identification of top health problems, choose one population health issue and reply to the questions/topics in this section.
- Submit the entire worksheet, which includes your data in Section One and responses to the items in Section Two.
- This assignment will be 4-5 pages. The information will be used in your Final Project assignments during Weeks 6, 8, and 11.
By Day 7
Submit your Assignment.
Submission and Grading Information
To submit your completed Assignment for review and grading, do the following:
- Please save your Assignment using the naming convention “WK3Pj+last name+first initial.(extension)” as the name.
- Click the Week 3 Project Rubricto review the Grading Criteria for the Assignment.
- Click the Week 3 Projectlink. You will also be able to “View Rubric” for grading criteria from this area.
- Next, from the Attach File area, click on the Browse My Computer button. Find the document you saved as “WK3Pj+last name+first initial.(extension)” and click Open.
- If applicable: From the Plagiarism Tools area, click the checkbox for I agree to submit my paper(s) to the Global Reference Database.
- Click on the Submit button to complete your submission.
To access your rubric:
Week 3 Project Rubric
Check Your Assignment Draft for Authenticity
To check your Assignment draft for authenticity:
Submit your Week 3 Assignment draft and review the originality report.
Submit Your Assignment by Day 7
To submit your Assignment:
Week 3 Project