Module 4: Policy, Government and Law in Public Health

Start by reading and following these instructions:

Quickly skim the questions or assignment below and the assignment rubric to help you focus.
Read the required chapter(s) of the textbook and any additional recommended resources. Some answers may require you to do additional research on the Internet or in other reference sources. Choose your sources carefully.
Consider the course discussions so far and any insights gained from it.
Create your Assignment submission and be sure to cite your sources if needed, use APA style as required, and check your spelling.
Public health officials in state offices usually participate in the analysis of proposed legislation but may have different names for the format or process used in that state. For this assignment, the term Health Policy Analysis (HPA) will be used with the following format. The student is to create an HPA using this scenario.
Scenario One:
The nurse consultant in the state office has been assigned to complete the HPA for this bill.
Complete the HPA in clear, succinct sentences. At least three references should be cited using the APA style.
House Bill No. 240 has been introduced in the state General Assembly by a patron and referred to the “Health Committee.” The bill is as follows:
That the code of this state is amended by adding a section to the ɠ 32.1-134 regarding hospital practice to read: Every hospital providing maternity care shall, before releasing each maternity patient, make available to such patient and her husband information about postpartum depression and a list of available treatment options available in the state. This information shall be discussed with the maternity patient with her physician and documented in the patient’s medical record.

Complete a health policy analysis using the following questions:
Summarize the proposed legislation. Use your own words to describe the intent of the legislation.
Describe the problem the proposed legislation is intended to address. Use secondary data to describe the problem further, as is known from the literature.
Identify the stakeholders and project the expected opinion. Indicate who would be in support of the legislation and why. Indicate who would not support the legislation and why?
Examine the risks and benefits of the proposed legislation. If this bill is passed, what would be the expected outcomes, and would that positively or negatively impact public health? If this bill is not passed, what would be the positive or negative outcomes?
Provide discussion as to the projected costs of this legislation, if any.
What would be the recommendation to the Governor?
Should the Governor strongly support the bill and make a statement that he would sign if passed by the legislature?
Should the Governor support the bill but express concerns or reservations? If so, what are those concerns? Can the proposed legislation be improved? If so, suggest the amendment/s.
Should the Governor not support and state that he would veto if it passed the legislature? Give the reasons why the bill should not be supported and vetoed.
Assignment Expectations

Length: 1500 –2000 words; answers must thoroughly address the issues in a clear, concise manner.

Structure: Include a title page and reference page in APA style. These do not count towards the minimum word count for this assignment.

Required Books — Overview of Public Health Nursing – NURS 680
1. Population-Based Nursing: Concepts and Competencies for Advanced Practice (2nd Edition) – 9780826196132
2. Epidemiology for Public Health Practice (6th Edition) – 9781284175431

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