Select a public health issue and write a 750-1,000 word policy brief that provides a brief summary of the issue, options to solve the issue, and the best way to solve this issue. Select a public health issue from one of the following American Public Health Association websites: Climate Change (https://www.apha.org/topics-and-issues/climate-change) or Topics and Issues (https://www.apha.org/topics-and-issues). 

Follow this outline when writing the policy brief:

  1. Identify issue.
  2. Background information – (a) Population effected; (b) Local, state or national level; and (c) Evidence about the issues supported by resources
  3. Problem statement.
  4. Suggestions for addressing the issue (solutions) – (a) Including necessary stakeholders (government officials, administrator); and (b) Include budget or funding considerations, if applicable
  5. Impact on the Health Care Delivery System

Include three peer-reviewed sources and two other sources to support the policy brief.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion. 

RUBRIC:

Background Information:

A discussion of background information is thoroughly developed with supporting details.

Problem Statement:

A problem statement is thoroughly developed with supporting details.

Suggestions:

Suggestions for addressing the issue are thoroughly developed with supporting details.

Impact:

A discussion on the impact on the health care delivery system is thoroughly developed with supporting details.

Thesis Development and Purpose:

Thesis is comprehensive and contains the essence of the paper. Thesis statement makes the purpose of the paper clear.

Argument Logic and Construction:

Clear and convincing argument that presents a persuasive claim in a distinctive and compelling manner. All sources are authoritative.

Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, language use):

Writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English.

Paper Format (use of appropriate style for the major and assignment):

All format elements are correct.

Documentation of Sources (citations, footnotes, references, bibliography, etc., as appropriate to assignment and style):

Sources are completely and correctly documented, as appropriate to assignment and style, and format is free of error.


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