A Town in Monmouth County Community Assessment
COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT PAPER – The following are a starting point for your community assessment paper a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. i. j. The Community of Interest: the town in New Jersey that you will be assessing and studying. Demographic characteristics of the population, such as age, ethnic backgrounds, and income levels. Healthcare – such as number of population with health insurance, type (Employer-based, Medicare or Medicaid) and number of uninsured. What health care locations/providers are available for the location? Hospitals? Primary care offices? How many? Do they take all insurance, or only private insurance? Clinics? Mental health services? Alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs? Pharmacies? Health Education? Other community resources? Such as; transportation; public or individual cars; businesses; faith based centers. Discuss the Schools– Number and levels? Cost per student? Overcrowded? Under funded? Poorly performing? Number of students for whom English is a second language (ESL programs)? The number of students on school lunch? Health and physical education in schools? What changes have happened in these topics? Where is this town located? Near an industrial region? Near major highways? Please include the quality of air and water, and in addition to other possible forms of pollution or contamination? (Superfund Sites) Do the residents have parks and recreational areas? What type of housing predominates this city? Mostly private homes?
Public housing? Senior citizen housing? How does this correlate to health concerns? Are there unique factors or issues that are a concern? Lastly, identify health problems and issues in the community. These will eventually be the concerns that will be addressed in your next paper. Starting with the above ideas, please write a 10-page position paper explaining the dynamics of the town you have selected. The location you select is your choice. In the paper- you will need to include “solid evidence”. In this case, take “solid evidence” to mean 3 or more peer-reviewed journal articles published since 2016 that support the discussed concepts. As per SONHS, please use CINAHL+ all databases and our Libguide. For the purpose of this paper, use only the above search engine. See me or a
reference librarian for assistance. Paper Requirements: • • • A strong written argument that includes effective citation of three or more peer-reviewed journal articles published since 2016. These articles do not need to be about your townthey should offer support for the concepts under discussion in the paper. Be sure to include an abstract. Type your 10 page paper in 12-point, Times New Roman font with margins set to one inch. Include an APA-style running head and abstract (see APA manual, p. 41 for samples). We will also have a review of the new APA data base recently added to the Library. • Writing quality –Papers will be assessed on the basis of content, style, organization, and the coherent development of expressions. Qualities which will influence your grade include: Appropriateness, clarity, comprehensiveness, proper grammar, punctuation, and use of APA format. Proofread and revise prior to submission. One of my goals is for you to improve your scientific writing ability as a result of taking this course. This is the purpose of the draft review day. Please bring a hard copy for in class review.
The draft will allow for you to review and revise the paper. (Prior to final submission!) Papers will be discussed and graded. If, after reading the feedback that I provide along with your grade for the paper, you would like to make an effort to improve the quality of your work, you may revise and resubmit the paper by the deadline noted on the course outline. Should you choose to do submit a revision, your submission should be to the drop box established for FINAL/REVISED papers by the due date along with a brief list of improvements (track changes are required for your submission) to the original paper. If you submit a revision, the grade on your revised paper will replace the grade on the original draft submission. However, a grade increase should not be assumed and will only correspond to meaningful improvements to the original that correspond with my feedback. No assignments will be accepted after drop box due dates. The Draft paper is required to be submitted into Drop Box. The paper must be in the correct drop box by the due date. Consider bringing an early draft of your paper to the Writing Center COMMUNITY INTERVENTIONS /SOLUTION/PRESENTATION ANALYSIS WORKSHEET a. b. c. d. e. f. Select the major problem for the population in your community (assessment paper). Please identify the target population along with your reason for selecting this concern. Is there a specific group? With support from the peer-reviewed literature, discuss how you would implement a program that addresses the problem. Primary, secondary and tertiary interventions to be included. At least two or three long-term goals should be written for this program. The goals should be supported by the specific, measurable objectives that will structure the intervention.
The program may include interventions such as: educational seminars run by health educators and public health professionals in community centers, schools, or senior citizen centers. You can include other disciplines such as dietary, SW, psychology, pastoral care, nursing, etc. Search the peer-reviewed literature health promotion programs and interventions that have had a positive impact on the community or population. There must be evidence (citations) in your paper that your proposed interventions are supported by the literature. Best documented practices or your own ideas can be discussed as the model for your thinking and planning. But, be creative. Develop your g. own solution to the problem. Be sure to include estimates for costs and sources of funding. Consider the cost factors involved in providing interventions. It is anticipated that the analysis worksheet will be 4-5 pages in length with 1” margins, Times New Roman, size 12 font. Working in Word document strongly suggested- CASE STUDY PRESENTATION: DIRECTIONS: Each student will give a 10 -15 minute presentation in a case study format. No video material is to be included. Please submit to drop box as well as the Video drop box by the Due dates listed in eCampus. This case will be created based on your Community Assessment and the Solution Analysis. The presenter will prepare 4 to 5 questions for classmates to answer in class. In addition, students will provide the case study with answers to the instructor at the scheduled class for presentation. The students present in class are expected to discuss the questions posed and in return pose a question to the presenter. Also, a reflection of your volunteer hours should conclude your presentation (last slide?). You may also present this in an original video format. Please see me for details. Evaluation and grading of the presentation will be based on: 1. The Power Point you have prepared. 2. Your ability to present a topic clearly. 3. The information that you present on the topic. 4. Your ability to discuss the case in a coherent manner. 5. Both the instructor and your peers will evaluate your presentation.
Important information for writing discussion questions and participation
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I strongly encourage that you do not wait until the very last minute to complete your assignments. Your assignments in weeks 4 and 5 require early planning as you would need to present a teaching plan and interview a community health provider. I advise you look at the requirements for these assignments at the beginning of the course and plan accordingly. I have posted the YouTube link that explains all the class assignments in detail. It is required that you watch this 32-minute video as the assignments from week 3 through 5 require that you follow the instructions to the letter to succeed. Failure to complete these assignments according to instructions might lead to a zero. After watching the video, please schedule a one-on-one with me to discuss your topic for your project by the second week of class. Use this link to schedule a 15-minute session. Please, call me at the time of your appointment on my number. Please note that I will NOT call you.
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Plagiarism is highly prohibited. Please ensure you are citing your sources correctly using APA 7th edition. All assignments including discussion posts should be formatted in APA with the appropriate spacing, font, margin, and indents. Any papers not well formatted would be returned back to you, hence, I advise you review APA formatting style. I have attached a sample paper in APA format and will also post sample discussion responses in subsequent announcements.
Your initial discussion post should be a minimum of 200 words and response posts should be a minimum of 150 words. Be advised that I grade based on quality and not necessarily the number of words you post. A minimum of TWO references should be used for your initial post. For your response post, you do not need references as personal experiences would count as response posts. If you however cite anything from the literature for your response post, it is required that you cite your reference. You should include a minimum of THREE references for papers in this course. Please note that references should be no more than 5 years old except recommended as a resource for the class. Furthermore, for each discussion board question, you need ONE initial substantive response and TWO substantive responses to either your classmates or your instructor for a total of THREE responses. There are TWO discussion questions each week, hence, you need a total minimum of SIX discussion posts for each week. I usually post a discussion question each week. You could also respond to these as it would count towards your required SIX discussion posts for the week.
I understand this is a lot of information to cover in 5 weeks, however, the Bible says in Philippians 4:13 that we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us. Even in times like this, we are encouraged by God’s word that we have that ability in us to succeed with His strength. I pray that each and every one of you receives strength for this course and life generally as we navigate through this pandemic that is shaking our world today. Relax and enjoy the course!
Please read through the following information on writing a Discussion question response and participation posts.
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Important information on Writing a Discussion Question
- Your response needs to be a minimum of 150 words (not including your list of references)
- There needs to be at least TWO references with ONE being a peer reviewed professional journal article.
- Include in-text citations in your response
- Do not include quotes—instead summarize and paraphrase the information
- Follow APA-7th edition
- Points will be deducted if the above is not followed
Participation –replies to your classmates or instructor
- A minimum of 6 responses per week, on at least 3 days of the week.
- Each response needs at least ONE reference with citations—best if it is a peer reviewed journal article
- Each response needs to be at least 75 words in length (does not include your list of references)
- Responses need to be substantive by bringing information to the discussion or further enhance the discussion. Responses of “I agree” or “great post” does not count for the word count.
- Follow APA 7th edition
- Points will be deducted if the above is not followed
- Remember to use and follow APA-7th edition for all weekly assignments, discussion questions, and participation points.
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