Policy Brief About Measles America
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Project details: You are a member of a task force that has been asked to recommend a plan for infectious disease control, based on relevant health policies and regulations. Your task force is expected to create a policy brief highlighting at least one major policy intervention (ideally, two or three) which is/are within the authority of your assigned organization – the recommendations should be quickly actionable – to promptly be put into effect once Measles infection and associated disease is found in the population whose health you are responsible for protecting.
Problem Definition Who is the target audience? How will you find them? What relevant information on Measles do these people need to know in regards to their jurisdiction: demographics, high risk groups, geographies?
Description of Proposed Health Policy What existing health policies in my jurisdiction may influence (positively or negatively) the spread of Measles? What similar policies exist in other jurisdictions that could be applied here to combat Measles?
Make the Case How do proposed or existing policies in other jurisdictions apply to your jurisdiction, particularly in regards to high risk groups? Display and describe relevant data using 1–2 ﬁgures or tables;
Discussion of Intended / Desired Impacts
What measurements of success are being used in similar policies?
HSC 315 – Public Health
Department of Health Sciences
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST BAY
Health Policy Issue Brief
The lead health officer for your jurisdiction (Alameda County Public Health Department, California Department of Public Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services), in collaboration with governmental representatives, wishes to create a plan of action should an epidemic of Measles occur in your constituent population (Alameda County, State of California, United States of America). You are a member of a task force that has been asked to recommend a plan for infectious disease control, based on relevant health policies and regulations. Your task force is expected to create a policy brief highlighting at least one major policy intervention (ideally, two or three) which is/are within the authority of your assigned organization – the recommendations should be quickly actionable – to promptly be put into effect once Measles infection and associated disease is found in the population whose health you are responsible for protecting.
The purpose of the Health Policy Issue Brief is to clearly and succinctly convey the background and significant (context) of a particular health issue, the proposal of one or more policies to address the health concern, and the logic of and expected outcomes with implementation, regulation, or application of the proposed policy(ies).
Each group is responsible for developing a Brief that provides recommendations to administrators charged with developing policies in the most appropriate government entity for the region that they are assigned. To ensure that recommendations are able to be adopted, each group should conduct a targeted review of the relevant policies and regulations that govern public health in their assigned jurisdiction, including relevance to the specific problem raised in HSC 315 during the semester.
The general framework for this assignment is Bardach’s Eightfold Policy, summarized at the following link: https://www.govloop.com/community/blog/how-to-conduct-an-effective-policy-analysis/
The emphasis for this assignment is Step 2: “Assemble Some Evidence”.
The Brief should be at least two pages and no more than four pages (without references). A key emphasis of the Brief should be on prevention rather than treatment. Based on the information provided in the background reading, there should be four distinct sections of information covered in the Brief. The following is the general outline that each group should adhere to:
I) Problem Definition
Groups should summarize the actual and potential consequences of Measles infection at the individual and population level. Particular attention should be paid to the geography that each group’s designated health organization is responsible for, including communities that may be at risk for infection and/or unique outcomes. PolicyMap should be utilized for mapping demographic and/or health data to the geographic area in your jurisdiction.
II) Description of Proposed Health Policy(ies)
Once the problem is adequately defined, the Brief should transition to summarizing the existing health policies that are currently implemented in the jurisdiction that may influence the spread of Measles among the constituent population. In this section, each group should propose at least one policy that would prevent and/or decrease the potential of an epidemic of Measles infection, as well as who would be responsible for implementing and enforcing it. The Brief should identify how the recommended policy(ies) target various determinants of this infectious disease in the population. The Brief should also describe what systems and processes need to be in place for monitoring and tracking success of the proposed policy(ies).
III) “Make the Case”
The third section of the Brief should focus on the logic and rationale for execution of the proposed policy(ies). Each group should provide data or other evidence that supports implementation to prevent disease in the designated population, including at-risk subgroups. To the greatest extent possible, the Brief should draw from successful policies in similarly-situated communities and/or existing policies that might be adaptable to characteristics and circumstances found in the constituent population.
IV) Discussion of Intended / Desired Impacts
The expected goals and/or desired impacts of the policy(ies) should be included in the final section. Emphasis should be placed on which outcomes are most important to evaluate and what measurements would be used to determine success. Potential consequences of the policy action(s) should be discussed, along with resource implications. The Brief should end with a restatement of the problem and short summary of how the proposed policy(ies) would enable prevention of Measles infection at both individual and population levels.
Students should use APA formatting for citations (in-text and bibliographic). Briefs should have one inch margins, be single-spaced, use 12-point Times New Roman font, and be 3-4 pages in length. Although graphics (e.g., tables, graphs, images) are not required, they are welcomed to enhance effect of the Brief on the target audience.
Background reading: https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/features/fsh-fsh0000238.pdf
Due: 11:59 PM on Sunday April 12, 2020 via Blackboard (one per group)