Ealth Care Policy Research Paper: Re: Policy proposal to combat childhood obesity (incorporating salad bars into schools)

Final Paper
To be submitted through course shell only and in the form of a WORD doc only.
Each student will prepare a paper on a health care policy issue. They must notify their professor
of their choice and receive approval by no later than Monday of Week 3 (March 25, 2013):
this policy selection and approval count as 5 points out of 100 possible points for this written
assignment.
Note to writer: The policy statement/proposal that I have chosen is To decrease childhood obesity, a?All US schools will incorporate salad bars into their lunch program, so that children can have access to fresh fruits and vegetables and develop healthier life long eating habits.a? (Please elaborate on this statement by including special events or education programs or other strategies to promote the salad bar policy)
The purpose of this paper is to encourage students to think analytically about reading
material and health care policy issues and to improve the studentsa ability to summarize these
issues effectively. Examples of health care policy issues include, but are not limited to: health
care reform act, licensure, womenas health issues, childrenas health issues, immunization, mental
health, substance abuse, environmental quality, injury and violence, access to health care, etc.
The paper will require relevant literature and must incorporate and display an understanding of
the health care policy and relate issues presented throughout the course. There must be at least
5 references and may include the text books, articles, and credible internet sources. The APA
formatted paper must be at least 3000 words, but must not exceed 3500 words. The total word
count does NOT include the title page or reference page. Abstract NOT required for this paper.
Remember to use Times New Roman, font size 12, as required by APA guidelines.
The following should be included and may assist students in outlining the paper: (Please include Level 1 and 2 headings in line with APA formatting (See APA Publication Manual 6th edition, page 62-63).
a. Introduction/Background Statement of the question or issue area addressed by the material
you will evaluate. Briefly explain the context of the problem and the importance of the question
addressed for the issues discussed.
b. Statement of Policy Recommendations What is the major policy recommendation that you are
imposing? Are there important secondary recommendations? What assumptions will you make
to develop your arguments?
c. Supporting Material What local, state and federal laws, regulations, programs exist on your
topic? What are the controversies that have arisen? What changes in policy, law, or program are
being contemplated? What moral, political, and social values are at stake? What economic and/
or political interests are involved? What does the current research say about the issue? What
are the primary contending arguments or policy proposals on the agenda? Who are the primary
proponents of these positions?
d. Conclusion Which persons or groups involved in the issue have the best arguments? What do
you believe should be done in this policy area? This is the opportunity to take a position and
make policy recommendations to the government. Make sure that your conclusion contains
definite policy recommendations.
Grading rubric for Final Paper Health Care Policy and Finance NURS 03.405
Item Description Points
Introduction/Background: (include this title in paper as Level 1 heading)
Statement of the question or issue area addressed by the
material you will evaluate. Briefly explain the context of the
problem and the importance of the question addressed for
the issues discussed. 20 points
Statement of Policy Recommendations: (include as Level 1 heading)
What is the major policy recommendation that
you are imposing? Are there important secondary
recommendations? What assumptions will you make to
develop your arguments? 20 points
Supporting Material: (include as Level 1 heading)
What local, state and federal laws, regulations, programs
exist on your topic? What are the controversies that have
arisen? What changes in policy, law, or program are being
contemplated? What moral, political, and social values
are at stake? What economic and/or political interests are
involved? What does the current research say about the
issue? What are the primary contending arguments or policy
proposals on the agenda? Who are the primary proponents
of these positions? 20 points
Conclusion: (include as Level 1 heading)
Which persons or groups involved in the issue have the
best arguments? What do you believe should be done in
this policy area? This is the opportunity to take a position
and make policy recommendations to the government.
Make sure that your conclusion contains definite policy
recommendations. 20 points
APA References (Number) 10
APA Format (Entire Paper) 10
Total 100 points

Possible References to Use: (must have 10)
Mason, D. J., Leavitt, J. K., & Chaffee, M. W. (Eds.). (2012). Policy & politics: In nursing and health care (6th ed.). St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier Saun. (My Text Book, would be important to include)
/ L., & Ventura, A. K. (2009). Preventing childhood obesity: What works? International Journal of Obesity, 33, S74-81. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2011.43
Fung, C., Kuhle, S., Lu, C., Purcell, M., Schwartz, M., Storey, K., & Veugelers, P. J. (2012). From Best practiceto Next practice”: The effectiveness of school-based health promotion in improving healthy eating and physical activity and preventing childhood obesity. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9(1), 27. doi: docview/1012162402?accountid13656
Kimbro, R. T., & Rigby, E. (2010). Federal food policy and childhood obesity: A solution or part of the problem? Health Affairs, 29(3), 411-8. Retrieved from docview/223513286?accountid13656
Pittman, D. W., Parker, J. S., Getz, B. R., Jackson, C. M., Le, T. -., Riggs, S. B., & Shay, J. M. (2012). Cost-free and sustainable incentive increases healthy eating decisions during elementary school lunch. International Journal of Obesity, 36(1), 76-9. doi: docview/204637291?accountid13656
Snelling, Anastasia M,PhD., R.D., Korba, C., & Burkey, A. (2007). The national school lunch and competitive food offerings and purchasing behaviors of high school students. The Journal of School Health, 77(10), 701-5. Retrieved from 215676207?accountid13656