Health policy and politics

Module 1

Required Readings

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

· Chapter 1, “Informing Public Policy: An Important Role for Registered Nurses” (pp. 11–13 only)

· Chapter 2, “Agenda Setting: What Rises to a Policymaker’s Attention?” (pp. 17–36)

· Chapter 10, “Overview: The Economics and Finance of Health Care” (pp. 171–180)

· Chapter 12, “An Insider’s Guide to Engaging in Policy Activities”

· “Creating a Fact Sheet” (pp. 217-221)

DeMarco, R., & Tufts, K. A. (2014). The mechanics of writing a policy brief. Nursing Outlook, 62(3), 219–224. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2014.04.002

 

Kingdon, J. W. (2001). A model of agenda-setting, with applications. Law Review, M.S.U.-D.C.L., 2(331). Retrieved from https://cursos.campusvirtualsp.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=16070

 

Lamb, G., Newhouse, R., Beverly, C., Toney, D. A., Cropley, S., Weaver, C. A., Kurtzman, E., … Peterson, C. (2015). Policy agenda for nurse-led care coordination. Nursing Outlook, 63(4), 521–530. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2015.06.003

O’Rourke, N. C., Crawford, S. L., Morris, N. S., & Pulcini, J. (2017). Political efficacy and participation of nurse practitioners. Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice, 18(3), 135–148. doi:10.1177/1527154417728514

Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Enhancing Environmental Health Content in Nursing Practice, Pope, A. M., Snyder, M. A., & Mood, L. H. (Eds.). (n.d.). Nursing health, & environment: Strengthening the relationship to improve the public’s health. Retrieved September 20, 2018.

 

USA.gov. (n.d.). A-Z index of U.S. government departments and agencies. Retrieved September 20, 2018, from https://www.usa.gov/federal-agencies/a

HYPERLINK “https://www.usa.gov/executive-departments” \o “Executive departments” \t “_blank”

USA.gov. (n.d.). Executive departments. Retrieved September 20, 2018, from https://www.usa.gov/executive-departments

HYPERLINK “https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-trump-administration/the-cabinet/” \o “The cabinet” \t “_blank”

The White House. (n.d.). The cabinet. Retrieved September 20, 2018, from https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-trump-administration/the-cabinet/

USE THIS TEMPLATE BELOW.

Document: Agenda Comparison Grid Template (Word document)

 

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2018). Setting the Agenda [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Assignment: Agenda Comparison Grid and Fact Sheet or Talking Points Brief

It may seem to you that healthcare has been a national topic of debate among political leaders for as long as you can remember.

Healthcare has been a policy item and a topic of debate not only in recent times but as far back as the administration of the second U.S. president, John Adams. In 1798, Adams signed legislation requiring that 20 cents per month of a sailor’s paycheck be set aside for covering their medical bills. This represented the first major piece of U.S. healthcare legislation, and the topic of healthcare has been woven into presidential agendas and political debate ever since.

As a healthcare professional, you may be called upon to provide expertise, guidance and/or opinions on healthcare matters as they are debated for inclusion into new policy. You may also be involved in planning new organizational policy and responses to changes in legislation. For all of these reasons you should be prepared to speak to national healthcare issues making the news.

In this Assignment, you will analyze recent presidential healthcare agendas. You will also prepare a fact sheet to communicate the importance of a healthcare issue and the impact on this issue of recent or proposed policy.

To Prepare:

· Review the agenda priorities of the last three U.S. presidential administrations.

· Select an issue related to healthcare that was addressed by each of the last three U.S. presidential administrations.

· Reflect on the focus of their respective agendas, including the allocation of financial resources for addressing the healthcare issue you selected.

· Consider how you would communicate the importance of a healthcare issue to a legislator/policymaker or a member of their staff for inclusion on an agenda.

The Assignment: (2- to 3-page Comparison Grid and 1-page Fact Sheet)

Part 1: Agenda Comparison Grid

Based on the presidential administrations you are comparing, complete the Agenda Comparison Grid. Be sure to address the following:

· Identify and provide a brief description of the healthcare issue you selected.

· Identify which administrative agency would most likely be responsible for helping you address the healthcare issue you selected.

· How does the healthcare issue get on the agenda and how does it stay there?

· Who was the entrepreneur/champion/sponsor of the healthcare issue you selected?

Part 2: Fact Sheet or Talking Points Brief

Based on your Agenda Comparison Grid for the healthcare issue you selected, develop a 1-page Fact Sheet or Talking Points Brief that you could use to communicate with a policymaker/legislator or a member of their staff for this healthcare issue. Be sure to address the following:

· Summarize why this healthcare issue is important and should be included in the agenda for legislation.

· Justify the role of the nurse in agenda setting for healthcare issues.

Agenda Comparison Grid Template

Use this document to complete the Module 1 Assessment Agenda Comparison Grid and Fact Sheets/Talking Points Brief .

Healthcare Issue  

Description  
Administration (President Name)  

 

 

Describe the administrative agenda focus related to this issue      
Allocation of financial and other resources to this issue      
Notes on Administration’s approach to the issue      
General Notes/Comments

 

     

Which administrative agency would most likely be responsible for helping you address the healthcare issue you selected?

How does the healthcare issue get on the agenda and how does it stay there?

Who was the entrepreneur/champion/sponsor of the healthcare issue you selected?

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