HS 74: HEALTHY COMMUNITIES CURRENT ISSUE IN PUBLIC HEALTH
April 18, 2019 Off All,
Step 1: Choose a current health issue, controversy, or ethical dilemma in public health today. Examples include youth use of e-cigarettes, the rise of measles and changes to vaccination laws, opioid use and proposals to reduce harm like Narcan/Naloxone distribution and administration training or supervised injection sites, gun violence, or persistent inequalities in birth outcomes. The issue should be one that public health organizations could address and have strong evidence of disparate beliefs on different sides of the issue.
Step 2: Research the health issue. Conduct background research on why the topic is controversial. Explore all sides of the health issue using high quality sources. What is the underlying problem that is being addressed? Who supports which intervention/policy (people, politicians, organizations, companies, etc.)? Who is against? Why? What evidence is being used? What arguments are there for this approach? Against this approach?
Step 3: Find common ground. Once you’ve researched the current issue, find a place where there is agreement. Where do you see opportunities for both sides to come together and begin making change to address the health issue? You’ll need to discuss a minimum of two points where compromise could occur given what you know about the issue.
Step 4: Write a paper describing the health issue, the argument for certain approaches to solving the program, against those approaches and the common ground where change could begin. Refer to the requirements on length, formatting, and submission outlined in this assignment.