Statement of the Policy Issue

The goal of this Assignment:

This assignment allows you to explore a health policy topic from a variety of perspectives. You will use this information as a foundation for policy development and advocacy. The assignment engages you in learning about an issue and accurately – and in a non-biased fashion — identifying the policy and political issues that are central to that topic.

Formatting Guidelines:

  • Title page: follow APA guidelines to format the title page
  • Page count: 5 pages minimum, 6 pages maximum (this excludes the title page and references)
  • Font size: 12-point font
  • Font type: Times New Roman
  • Margins: 1-inch all around
  • Spacing: Double spacing
  • Page numbers: follow APA guidelines by including a page number at the bottom right of the page (excluding the title page)
  • References: The page count does not include the references, which should be attached at the end of the paper

Template for the Health Policy Final Paper Assignment

The health policy paper is a written document that contains the following parts:

  • Title Page
    • Follow APA style guide to format the title page
  • Statement of the Policy Issue
    • Brief (2-3 sentence) statement describing the issue
  • Background related to the issue
    • An explanation of the problem and its significance. Include support as needed, including references to research literature if relevant
  • Information pertinent to the issue 
    • This may pertain to current laws needing to be changed, current debate about the issue, and/or data about the issue
  • Policy Options
    • What has been done (or proposed) about the issue so far? Have other organizations addressed it? Are there pending legislative or regulatory proposals? (include support as needed)
  • Your Recommendation for Policy
    • List recommendations about what different stakeholders should do—e.g., Congress, state legislatures, relevant government agencies, health systems leaders, other nursing organizations, etc. (Of course, this will depend on the specific issue). Can be formatted as a bullet list if appropriate.
  • References
    • Format the references using the APA style guide

Statement of the Policy Issue

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