The vulnerable group I choose to discuss in this paper is mentally ill homeless youth. The following is the grading rubric for this paper and I will also provide the previous writings that this paper is based on:
Advocacy Paper and grading rubric
5-7 pages of text. May go up to 9 pages with visual images and references
This paper has two purposes: First, you will be asked to apply what you have been learning about the Social Determinants of Health, social justice and health disparities to a vulnerable population of your choice. Secondly, you will be asked to discuss specific, evidence-based strategies which can be implemented by population health nurses to advocate for improved health outcomes in that population. In order to do this you will need to identify a specific health problem faced by this population.
Here’s a global health example: Gender Equity in Sub Sahara Africa. As we’ve learned Gender Equity is a large concept under vulnerability (in this case vulnerability based on either assigned or chosen gender identification) which includes ideas like equal access to education or meaningful work. Either of these ‘smaller’ concepts (education or work) could fall under the larger idea of ‘Equity’. Or you might think – ‘hmm doesn’t Poverty relate to education or meaningful work’. Yes it does! Many of the ideas are intertwined, i.e. children of poorly educated women are more likely to live in poverty. Educating girls can help end the cycles of inter-generational poverty. You don’t need to over-think this: identify a vulnerable population which you find compelling then think about the ways they are affected by the Social Determinants of Health. Done!
Use the work that you did in the DBs as the basis for this final paper, it is fine to use the some of the same articles you discussed earlier as you will now be applying them in a broader context. The point is to identify a vulnerable population explore the challenges they face (one or more of the Social Determinants of Health), apply what we have learned and then describe solutions. Critique the evidence-based program you identify. Make sure to explain why you feel this way such as how the current evidence based solutions could be improved upon. It is also okay to be creative. Do you have ideas about new solutions? or ways to tweak those already in the literature? That’s great! We need new ideas!
Please pay careful attention to the rubric and note the need for visual elements to enhance your paper. These could include graphs, pictures, infographics about the Social Determinants of Health etc which can be cut/pasted and either inserted into the body of your paper or included at the end (but discussed within the paper). Visual elements are worth 20% of the grade. Take some time browsing the web to find interesting things to include.
5-7 pages of text, 5 peer-reviewed references (2 must be from peer-reviewed journals), up to 9 pages with visual elements
I strongly urge you to use these headings
Introduction: Vulnerable Population, Health Disparities, Social Justice [10 points]
• Describe the population you’ve chosen
• Why are they vulnerable? (use statistics)
• Discuss health disparities as this idea relates to this population
• Discuss social justice as this idea relates to this population
Relevant Social Determinants of Health [20 points – 10 points for each SDoH]
• Apply the findings of two of the five Social Determinants of Health to this population
[Economic Stability; Health and Healthcare; Neighborhood and the Built Environment; Education; Social and Community Context]
• Why is this SDoH relevant?
• Use data to support your position
• Identify one of the SDoH to use as the basis for the evidence-based solutions, recommendations and advocacy
Evidence-Based Solutions [10 points]
• Discuss one evidence-based solution describing the
o source of your data
o their suggestions and or developed program
Critique and recommendations [10 points] What do you think?!
• Is the evidence-based solution reasonable?
• Could you see it being put into practice?
• What roadblocks might you encounter
• Who would help with this program
• Who would oppose it?
Advocacy [10 points]
• How can we as healthcare professionals advocate for the needs of this group?
• Give 3 specific examples of actions we can take
References: 5 peer-reviewed sources, 2 must be from peer-reviewed journals [10 points]
Visual Elements [20 points]
APA and logical flow of ideas [10 points]