Sample Nursing Paper on Population-level health risks and disparities

Purpose

Population-level health risks and disparities are influenced by complex variables including physical, social, economic, educational, and environmental circumstances.  In some situations, a group or sub-population may experience increased risk or vulnerability for poor health outcomes due to these variables.  Recognizing the connection between determinants and the health of the vulnerable group, efforts to intervene are focused on these variables and include coordinated efforts from clinical healthcare systems, public health systems, and public policy initiatives.

The purpose of this assignment is to investigate a vulnerable population in order to identify relevant health risks and disparities.  Variables influencing the risks and disparities experienced by members of the vulnerable population will be determined, and an upstream strategy to improve the health of the at-risk group will be proposed. Correlation of the proposed strategy with national initiatives to address population health will be analyzed.

Course Learning Outcomes

Through this assignment, the student will address the following course learning outcomes:

CO #1 – Apply foundational concepts, models, and frameworks to promote health equity at the population level (PO #1, 2, 5)

CO #2 –  Investigate the impact of social, economic, cultural, and environmental variables on population health risks and disparities (PO #1, 3)

CO #3 – Analyze population health-related competencies, interventions, and implications for advanced nursing practice (PO #1, 5)

Total Points Possible: 200 Points

 

 

Assignment Overview

Please note: Both the week 2 (Dear Writer, please see Order #509902172) and week 6 assignments require you to identify a population as the subject for the assignment.  It is expected that the selected population for the week 6 assignment will be different from the population you addressed in the week 2 assignment.

Identify one vulnerable population to investigate for this assignment.  Explore current scholarly sources and related population health data to better understand the social determinants and variables that place this population at risk for poor health and the disparities experienced by members of the vulnerable group.  Analyze national health directives (such as the Healthy People initiative) to determine correlation with needs of the vulnerable population.  Consider “upstream” collaborative strategies to reduce disparity and promote health outcomes among this at-risk population.

Develop a three- to five-page scholarly paper including a minimum of four scholarly sources, current within five years, to support your work.  Follow the assignment criteria and rubric expectations noted below to construct a scholarly paper that includes:

  • Introduction
  • Factors Influencing Vulnerability
  • Proposed Intervention
  • Correlation with Population Health Initiatives
  • Conclusion

Assignment Instructions

  1. Abide by the Chamberlain College of Nursing Academic Integrity Policy.
  2. Create the written paper using Microsoft Word.
  3. Sources older than five years may not be used without the permission of the class professor.
  4. Scholarly sources required for the assignment must be sources that are separate from course-related sources and/or reading assignments.
    1. If used as a source in the assignment, course-related sources or readings must be in addition to the minimum number of scholarly sources required for the assignment.
    2. If used as a source in the assignment, course-related sources or readings must meet the criteria for scholarly work current within five years.
  5. Title page, pagination, subheadings, body of paper, citation of sources, and reference page must follow APA guidelines as found in the current edition of the manual.
  6. Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, punctuation, sentence and paragraph structure are followed and consistent with formal, scholarly writing as noted in the APA Manual (current edition).
  7. No more than one short direct quote (15 words or less) may be used in this assignment.
  8. First person should not be used within this assignment.

Revision Policy

If you do not receive at least a proficient rating in any content category, you can re-submit your assignment with revision to that content category to improve the points earned within that specific section.  Please note the following guidelines:

  • After receiving your assignment grade, you have one opportunity to resubmit.
  • In order to resubmit, your initial submission must have been a complete assignment. Rough drafts will not be graded or allowed for resubmission.
  • Only content sections that did not receive at least a proficient rating with the first submission may be revised to earn a better score in that content category. APA format and writing style will not be re-graded.
  • Points possible for revised and resubmitted work will not exceed the “proficient” rubric category (84%).
  • Any revision must be submitted for re-evaluation within 7 days after the assignment grade is posted. For example, if your assignment grade is posted on Friday at 12 noon MT, you have until the following Friday at 12 noon MT to resubmit any content area that did not earn a proficient rating.
  • Within 7 days from your resubmission, the class instructor will post your score for the resubmitted work.

Steps to follow for resubmission of a content section within an assignment that did not earn a proficient rating on the rubric:

  • Contact your class instructor privately via email, phone, or Canvas private message to inform him/her that you plan to resubmit a content section of the assignment that did not receive a proficient rating on the rubric.
  • Submit the assignment in its entirety (including the rewritten content section) within 7 days of the original assignment grade being posted.

 

Assignment Criteria

Assessment Criteria Points % Description
Introduction 20 10% In this section you will:

·        Provide opening statements regarding the concept of vulnerability

·        Identify a vulnerable population to be examined through the assignment

·        Identify the sections of the paper

·        Integrate sufficient scholarly literature to support information presented

 

 

Factors Influencing Vulnerability 40 20% In this section you will:

·        Describe the vulnerable population

·        Explain the social determinants and influencing factors that place the population at risk for poor health (minimum of three)

·        Discuss the health risks and/or disparities that result (minimum of three)

·        Integrate sufficient scholarly literature to support information presented

 

Proposed Intervention 50 25% In this section you will:

·        Propose one specific “upstream” strategy to reduce risk and disparity experienced by the vulnerable population

·        Explain how the proposed strategy addresses the specific social determinants and risk factors described in the previous section

·        Discuss the human, material, and financial resources necessary to implement the intervention

·        Explain the implications of the proposed strategy on the three pillars of population health

·        Integrate sufficient scholarly literature to support information presented

 

 

Correlation with Population Health Initiatives 30 15% In this section you will:

·        Identify one population health initiative or guideline that relates to the health risks/disparities experienced by the vulnerable population (such as Healthy People goals or objectives, or another national initiative)

·        Explain how the proposed intervention aligns with that population health initiative

·        Integrate sufficient scholarly literature to support information presented

 

Conclusion 30 15% In this section you will:

·        Provide concluding statements regarding the relationship between risk factors and vulnerability for poor health

·        Summarize the importance of upstream interventions to reduce risk and promote health outcomes

·        Include closing remarks that highlight implications for population-focused nursing practice

 

 

Graduate-level Writing Style 30 15%

 

For full credit in this section, all of the following criteria must be met:

 

·        Correct use of spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence and paragraph structure

·        Clarity, organization, and logical flow of ideas within writing

·        Scholarly, professional writing tone with no use of first person

·        Synthesis of information is present with no more than one short direct quote (15 words or less)

·        Correct APA format for the following:

o   Page numbering

o   Font style and size

o   Margins and spacing

o   Headings; subheadings

o   Citation and referencing sources

o   Mechanics of style (abbreviations, capitalization, italics, numbers)

Quality of Literature Support It is an expectation that a minimum of 4 scholarly sources, current within five years, are integrated within the assignment.

 

If the above expectation is not met, 5 points shall be deducted.

 

Assignment Length Criteria It is an expectation that the paper is a minimum of 3 pages in length, and a maximum of 5 pages (not including the title or reference pages).

 

If the above expectation is not met, 5 points shall be deducted.

 

Total  200 100% A quality assignment will meet or exceed the above requirements.

 

 

          Grading Rubric

Assessment Criteria Distinguished

 

(100%)

 

Exceeds

 

(92%)

 

Proficient

 

(84%)

 

Needs Improvement

 

(0)

 

Introduction 20 Points 18 Points 16 Points 0 Points
Distinguished presentation of information evidenced by all of the following areas covered in a comprehensive and concise manner:

 

·        Provides opening statements regarding the  concept of vulnerability

·        Identifies a vulnerable population to be examined through the assignment

·        Identifies the sections of the paper

·        Integrates sufficient scholarly literature to support information presented

 

Presentation of information exceeds expectations evidenced by most content covered in a comprehensive and concise manner, but with one area where coverage is superficial:

 

·        Provides opening statements regarding the  concept of vulnerability

·        Identifies a vulnerable population to be examined through the assignment

·        Identifies the sections of the paper

·        Integrates sufficient scholarly literature to support information presented

 

 

Proficient presentation of information evidenced by content covered in a limited or superficial manner in two or more of the areas:

 

 

·        Provides opening statements regarding the  concept of vulnerability

·        Identifies a vulnerable population to be examined through the assignment

·        Identifies the sections of the paper

·        Integrates sufficient scholarly literature to support information presented

 

Presentation of information needs improvement as evidenced by content that is missing or unsatisfactory in one or more of the areas:

 

 

·        Provides opening statements regarding the  concept of vulnerability

·        Identifies a vulnerable population to be examined through the assignment

·        Identifies the sections of the paper

·        Integrates sufficient scholarly literature to support information presented

 

Factors Influencing Vulnerability 40 Points 36 Points 33 Points 0 Points
Distinguished presentation of information evidenced by all of the following areas covered in a comprehensive and concise manner:

·        Describes the vulnerable population

·        Explains the social determinants and influencing factors that place the population at risk for poor health (minimum of three)

·        Discusses the health risks and/or disparities that result (minimum of three)

·        Integrates sufficient scholarly literature to support information presented

 

Presentation of information exceeds expectations evidenced by most content covered in a comprehensive and concise manner, but with one area where coverage is superficial:

·        Describes the vulnerable population

·        Explains the social determinants and influencing factors that place the population at risk for poor health (minimum of three)

·        Discusses the health risks and/or disparities that result (minimum of three)

·        Integrates sufficient scholarly literature to support information presented

 

Proficient presentation of information evidenced by content covered in a limited or superficial manner in two or more of the areas:

·        Describes the vulnerable population

·        Explains the social determinants and influencing factors that place the population at risk for poor health (minimum of three)

·        Discusses the health risks and/or disparities that result (minimum of three)

·        Integrates sufficient scholarly literature to support information presented

 

Presentation of information needs improvement as evidenced by content that is missing or unsatisfactory in one or more of the areas:

·        Describes the vulnerable population

·        Explains the social determinants and influencing factors that place the population at risk for poor health (minimum of three)

·        Discusses the health risks and/or disparities that result (minimum of three)

·        Integrates sufficient scholarly literature to support information presented

 

Proposed Intervention 50 Points 46 Points 42 Points 0 Points
Distinguished presentation of information evidenced by all of the following areas covered in a comprehensive and concise manner:

·        Proposes one specific “upstream” strategy to reduce risk and disparity experienced by the vulnerable population

·        Explains how the proposed strategy addresses the specific social determinants and risk factors described in the previous section

·        Discusses the human, material, and financial resources necessary to implement the intervention

·        Explains the implications of the proposed strategy on the three pillars of population health

·        Integrates sufficient scholarly literature to support information presented

 

Presentation of information exceeds expectations evidenced by most content covered in a comprehensive and concise manner, but with one area where coverage is superficial:

·        Proposes one specific “upstream” strategy to reduce risk and disparity experienced by the vulnerable population

·        Explains how the proposed strategy addresses the specific social determinants and risk factors described in the previous section

·        Discusses the human, material, and financial resources necessary to implement the intervention

·        Explains the implications of the proposed strategy on the three pillars of population health

·        Integrates sufficient scholarly literature to support information presented

 

Proficient presentation of information evidenced by content covered in a limited or superficial manner in two or more of the areas:

·        Proposes one specific “upstream” strategy to reduce risk and disparity experienced by the vulnerable population

·        Explains how the proposed strategy addresses the specific social determinants and risk factors described in the previous section

·        Discusses the human, material, and financial resources necessary to implement the intervention

·        Explains the implications of the proposed strategy on the three pillars of population health

·        Integrates sufficient scholarly literature to support information presented

 

Presentation of information needs improvement as evidenced by content that is missing or unsatisfactory in one or more of the areas:

·        Proposes one specific “upstream” strategy to reduce risk and disparity experienced by the vulnerable population

·        Explains how the proposed strategy addresses the specific social determinants and risk factors described in the previous section

·        Discusses the human, material, and financial resources necessary to implement the intervention

·        Explains the implications of the proposed strategy on the three pillars of population health

·        Integrates sufficient scholarly literature to support information presented

 

Correlation with Population Health Initiatives 30 Points 27 Points 25 Points 0 Points
Distinguished presentation of information evidenced by all of the following areas covered in a comprehensive and concise manner:

·        Identifies one population health initiative or guideline that relates to the health risks/disparities experienced by the vulnerable population

·        Explains how the proposed intervention aligns with that population health initiative

·        Integrates sufficient scholarly literature to support information presented

 

Presentation of information exceeds expectations evidenced by most content covered in a comprehensive and concise manner, but with one area where coverage is superficial:

·        Identifies one population health initiative or guideline that relates to the health risks/disparities experienced by the vulnerable population

·        Explains how the proposed intervention aligns with that population health initiative

·        Integrates sufficient scholarly literature to support information presented

 

Proficient presentation of information evidenced by content covered in a limited or superficial manner in two or more of the areas:

·        Identifies one population health initiative or guideline that relates to the health risks/disparities experienced by the vulnerable population

·        Explains how the proposed intervention aligns with that population health initiative

·        Integrates sufficient scholarly literature to support information presented

 

Presentation of information needs improvement as evidenced by content that is missing or unsatisfactory in one or more of the areas:

·        Identifies one population health initiative or guideline that relates to the health risks/disparities experienced by the vulnerable population

·        Explains how the proposed intervention aligns with that population health initiative

·        Integrates sufficient scholarly literature to support information presented

 

Conclusion 30 Points 27 Points 25 Points 0 Points
Distinguished presentation of information evidenced by all of the following areas covered in a comprehensive and concise manner:

·        Provides concluding statements regarding the relationship between risk factors and vulnerability for poor health

·        Summarizes the importance of upstream interventions to reduce risk and promote health outcomes

·        Includes closing remarks that highlight implications for population-focused nursing practice

 

Presentation of information exceeds expectations evidenced by most content covered in a comprehensive and concise manner, but with one area where coverage is superficial:

·        Provides concluding statements regarding the relationship between risk factors and vulnerability for poor health

·        Summarizes the importance of upstream interventions to reduce risk and promote health outcomes

·        Includes closing remarks that highlight implications for population-focused nursing practice

 

Proficient presentation of information evidenced by content covered in a limited or superficial manner in two or more of the areas:

·        Provides concluding statements regarding the relationship between risk factors and vulnerability for poor health

·        Summarizes the importance of upstream interventions to reduce risk and promote health outcomes

·        Includes closing remarks that highlight implications for population-focused nursing practice

 

Presentation of information needs improvement as evidenced by content that is missing or unsatisfactory in one or more of the areas:

·        Provides concluding statements regarding the relationship between risk factors and vulnerability for poor health

·        Summarizes the importance of upstream interventions to reduce risk and promote health outcomes

·        Includes closing remarks that highlight implications for population-focused nursing practice

 

Graduate-level Writing Style 30 Points 27 Points 25 Points 0 Points
Distinguished graduate-level writing style is evidenced by meeting all of the following criteria with 0-1 errors total:

·        Correct use of spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence and paragraph structure

·        Clarity, organization, and logical flow of ideas within writing

·        Scholarly, professional writing tone with no use of first person

·        Synthesis of information is present with no more than one short direct quote (15 words or less)

·        Correct APA format for the following:

o   Page numbering

o   Font style and size

o   Margins and spacing

o   Headings; subheadings

o   Citation and referencing sources

o   Mechanics of style (abbreviations, capitalization, italics, numbers)

 

 

 

 

Graduate-level writing style exceeds expectations as evidenced by meeting the following criteria with 2-4 errors total:

·        Correct use of spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence and paragraph structure

·        Clarity, organization, and logical flow of ideas within writing

·        Scholarly, professional writing tone with no use of first person

·        Synthesis of information is present with no more than one short direct quote (15 words or less)

·        Correct APA format for the following:

o   Page numbering

o   Font style and size

o   Margins and spacing

o   Headings; subheadings

o   Citation and referencing sources

o   Mechanics of style (abbreviations, capitalization, italics, numbers)

 

Proficient graduate-level  writing style is evidenced by meeting the following criteria with 5-7 errors, total:

·        Correct use of spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence and paragraph structure

·        Clarity, organization, and logical flow of ideas within writing

·        Scholarly, professional writing tone with no use of first person

·        Synthesis of information is present with no more than one short direct quote (15 words or less)

·        Correct APA format for the following:

o   Page numbering

o   Font style and size

o   Margins and spacing

o   Headings; subheadings

o   Citation and referencing sources

o   Mechanics of style (abbreviations, capitalization, italics, numbers)

 

Graduate-level writing style needs improvement as evidenced by meeting the following criteria with 8 or more errors, total:

·        Correct use of spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence and paragraph structure

·        Clarity, organization, and logical flow of ideas within writing

·        Scholarly, professional writing tone with no use of first person

·        Synthesis of information is present with no more than one short direct quote (15 words or less)

·        Correct APA format for the following:

o   Page numbering

o   Font style and size

o   Margins and spacing

o   Headings; subheadings

o   Citation and referencing sources

o   Mechanics of style (abbreviations, capitalization, italics, numbers)

 

Quality of Literature Support 0 Points Deducted   5 Points Deducted
A minimum of 4 peer-reviewed scholarly sources, current within five years, are integrated within the assignment. The assignment fails to meet the requirement noted for quality of literature support.
Assignment Length Expectations 0 Points Deducted     5 Points Deducted
The length of the assignment meets the criteria:

 

Minimum of 3 pages in length;

 

Maximum of 5 pages in length.

 

(Not including title or reference pages)

    The assignment fails to meet the requirement for length.