Write a 4-5 page population health improvement plan, based on your evaluation of the best available evidence from a minimum of 3-5 current scholarly or professional sources of demographic, environmental, and epidemiological data that focuses on your diagnosis of a widespread population health issue.
Part of effectively engaging in evidence-based practice is the ability to synthesize raw health data with research studies and other relevant information in the literature. This will enable you to develop sound interventions, initiatives, and outcomes to address health concerns that you find in data during the course of your practice.
In this assessment, you have an opportunity to evaluate community demographic, environmental, and epidemiological data to diagnose a widespread population health issue, which will be the focus of a health improvement plan that you develop.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
Your organization is undertaking a population health improvement initiative focused on one of the pervasive and chronic health concerns in the local community. Examples of health improvement initiatives include nationwide concerns, such as type 2 diabetes, HIV, obesity, insect bites, and Zika. However, your organization has asked you to determine which widespread health concern should be addressed in a population health improvement plan for your community and has entrusted you with gathering and evaluating the relevant data.
You are a nurse in a community clinic or hospital and you have a good idea about the most common chronic health issues among its patients. You have been asked to prepare a presentation for the next staff meeting about the issue and the plan that you are proposing to help improve the community’s health.
The requirements outlined below correspond to the grading criteria in the scoring guide, so be sure to address each point. In addition, you may want to review the performance-level descriptions for each criterion to see how your work will be assessed.
Evaluate the outcomes of a population health improvement initiative from community demographic, epidemiological, and environmental data.
Develop a health improvement plan that ethically and effectively addresses the population health concern that you identified in your evaluation of the relevant data.
1. Evaluate community demographic, epidemiological, and environmental data to diagnose widespread population health issues.
Passing Grade: Evaluates community demographic, epidemiological, and environmental data to diagnose widespread population health issues. Identifies knowledge gaps, unknowns, missing information, unanswered questions, or areas of uncertainty (where further information could improve the evaluation).
2. Develop an ethical health improvement plan to address a population health issue within a community.
Passing Grade: Develops an ethical health improvement plan to address a population health issue within a community, identifying multiple complementary elements that will sensitively meet a wide variety of community members’ needs.
3. Justify the value and relevance of evidence used as the basis of a population health improvement plan.
Passing Grade: Justifies the value and relevance of evidence used as the basis of a population health improvement plan, and impartially considers conflicting data and other perspectives.
4. Propose criteria for evaluating population health improvement plan outcomes.
Passing Grade: Proposes criteria for evaluating population health improvement plan outcomes, and explains why other possible criteria were considered and rejected.
5. Develop a strategy for communicating with colleagues and community members in an ethical, culturally sensitive, and inclusive way.
Passing Grade: Develops a strategy for communicating with colleagues and community members in an ethical, culturally sensitive, and inclusive way; acknowledges potential difficulties and how those challenges will be met.
6. Write clearly and logically, with correct grammar and mechanics.
Passing Grade: Writes clearly, logically, and persuasively; grammar and mechanics are error-free.
7. Integrate relevant and credible sources of evidence to support assertions, correctly formatting citations and references using APA style.
Passing Grade: Integrates relevant and credible sources of evidence to support assertions, correctly formatting citations and references using APA style. Citations are error-free.