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Policy & Advocacy for Population Health

Policy & Advocacy for Population Health

Policy & Advocacy for Population Health

Assignment: Legislation Comparison Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement

As a nurse, how often have you thought to yourself, If I had anything to do about it, things would work a little differently? Increasingly, nurses are beginning to realize that they do, in fact, have a role and a voice.

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Many nurses encounter daily experiences that motivate them to take on an advocacy role in hopes of impacting policies, laws, or regulations that impact healthcare issues of interest. Of course, doing so means entering the less familiar world of policy and politics. While many nurses do not initially feel prepared to operate in this space effectively, the reward is the opportunity to shape and influence future health policy.

To Prepare:

  • Select a bill that has been proposed (not one that has been enacted) using the congressional websites provided in the Learning Resources.

The Assignment: (1- to 2-page Comparison Grid; 1- to 2-page Legislation Testimony/Advocacy Statement)

Part 1: Legislation Comparison Grid

Based on the health-related bill (proposed, not enacted) you selected, complete the Legislation Comparison Grid Template. Be sure to address the following:

  • Determine the legislative intent of the bill you have reviewed.
  • Identify the proponents/opponents of the bill.
  • Identify the target populations addressed by the bill.
  • Where in the process is the bill currently? Is it in hearings or committees?
  • Is it receiving press coverage?

Part 2: Legislation Testimony/Advocacy Statement

Based on the health-related bill you selected, develop a 1- to 2-page Legislation Testimony/Advocacy Statement that addresses the following:

  • Advocate a position for the bill you selected and write testimony in support of your position.
  • Describe how you would address the opponent to your position. Be specific and provide examples.
  • Recommend at least one amendment to the bill in support of your position.
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    Legislation Comparison Grid Template

    Use this document to complete Part 1 of the Module 2 Assessment Legislation Comparison Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement

    Health-related Bill Name  

    Bill Number  

    Description  
    Federal or State?  

    Legislative Intent  

    Proponents/ Opponents Proponents:

     

     

    Opponents:

     

    Target Population  
    Status of the bill (Is it in hearings or committees? Is it receiving press coverage?)  
    General Notes/Comments

     

     

    Legislation Comparison Grid Template

     

     

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    An Advocacy Campaign for Decreasing Teen Tobacco Use

    First Name Last Name

    Walden University

    Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population HealthNURS 6050

    Date

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    An Advocacy Campaign for Decreasing Teen Tobacco Use

    Do NOT include an abstract. Indent paragraphs ½ inch. Be sure to include the purpose statement in the introduction. The purpose statement must be clear, such as, “The purpose of this paper is to present teen tobacco use as a population health problem and discuss why the legal age to purchase tobacco products should be 21 years old. The paper will also present a grid with a tobacco bill. The reader should know what to expect in the paper from reading the purpose statement.

    This should be an introduction to the problem. Facts are needed.

    Tobacco use is primarily started during adolescence age. Over 3,200 children and 2,100 teens become new smokers, and 30% of that adolescent will become addicted to tobacco (Knickman & Kovner, 2015). About 18% of high school students smoke a cigarette, and over 8 million adolescent young males reported the use of smokeless tobacco (American Cancer Society, 2012). Tobacco use is the largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States (CDC, 2016). Smoking of tobacco causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, and reproductive effects like low birth weight. The economic impact of tobacco use and smoking-related illness in the United States costs more than $300 billion each year (CDC, 2016).

    Legislation Comparison Grid Template

     

    Use this document to complete Part 1 of the Module 2 Assessment Legislation Comparison Grid and Testimony/Advocacy Statement

     

     

    Health-related Bill Name  

     

    Bill Number  
    Description  

     

     

     

    Federal or State?  
    Legislative Intent  

     

     

     

    Proponents/ Opponents Proponents:

     

     

      Opponents:

     

     

    Target Population  

     

    Status of the bill (Is it in hearings or committees? Is it receiving press coverage?)  

     

     

     

    General Notes/Comments

     

     

     

     

     

    The Legal Age to Use Tobacco Products should be 21 Years Old

    This should be a paragraph about legislation to increase the legal age of tobacco use from 18 years old to 21 years old. At least three sentences are needed for a paragraph. See the MEAL plan in Doc Sharing. https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/c.php?g=465757&p=5398053

    Rebuttal to Tobacco Companies

    Again, use a paragraph to present the pros for increasing the legal age for tobacco. Consider financial costs, health concerns and costs, workforce productivity, etc. Paragraphs need citations.

    Addressing Opponents

    Opponents are concerned about loss of business. Even tobacco farmers are worried. This could be phased in over two years to decrease the sudden impact.

    An Amendment to Current Legislation

    Conclusion

    Be sure to add a short conclusion. This is an APA paper.

     

    The title above the first paragraph must be exactly the same as the one on the title page. It should not be bolded. APA does not use Introduction as a heading. Personal pronouns, like we, you, he, she, are not used in APA. An occasional I statement is accepted. Do not add extra spaces between sections. See APA p. 64 for level one headings. Contractions are not used in APA. The entire paper should be double-spaced, and written in Times New Roman, 12 font. That includes the references. To create double spacing, highlight and push CTRL 2.

     

    References

    American Cancer Society (2012). Smokeless tobacco. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercause/tobaccocancer/smokeless-tobacco American American Heart Association (2015). Building a Tobacco-Free Nation. Retrieved from http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Advocate/IssuesandCampaigns/Prevention/Building- a-Tobacco-Free-Nation_UCM_311388_Article.jsp#

    Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (2016). Who we are. Retrieved from http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/

    Milstead, J. A., & Short, N. M. (2019). Health policy and politics: A nurse’s guide (6th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

    Taylor, D., Olshansky, E., Fugate-Woods, N., Johnson-Mallard, V., Safriet, B. J., & Hagan, T. (2017). Corrigendum to position statement: Political interference in sexual and reproductive health research and health professional education. Nursing Outlook, 65(2), 346–350. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2017.05.003

    Be sure to include 2-3 course resources. See resources on the left side of the Blackboard. Hanging indents must be used, and created by highlighting the section, and pushing CTRL T.

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