Healthcare Facilities Impacts to Community Health System

Healthcare Facilities Impacts to Community Health System

Assignment: Healthcare Options-How Does Your Community Measure Up?

What types of acute and long-term healthcare services are available in your community? Are there gaps in the types of care services available to community residents? What impact do different healthcare services have on the health of individuals and the community as a whole?

Access to a variety of healthcare options is important to the health of a community. Communities that provide a variety of healthcare services are better equipped to meet the health needs of its population. In some communities, the need for some types of services may be a greater because of the characteristics of the population. For example, more long-term care services are needed in communities with a large senior population. In Week 4, you will explore access to health services in more depth.

For this Assignment, you will examine the different types of acute and long-term healthcare services in your community, identifying any gaps in services. You will also explain how these services (or lack thereof) might impact the health of people who live in your community. You will create a PowerPoint (PPT) presentation to present your findings.

To prepare for this Assignment:

  • Review the Learning Resources related to the acute healthcare facilities and services presented this week (Week 2) and the long-term healthcare facilities and services that will be presented next week (Week 3).
  • Identify the healthcare (both acute and long-term) facilities and services in your community.
  • Gather specific information about the different healthcare options that you selected, such as services, coverage, and accessibility
  • Review U.S. News & World Report’s. “2018–Healthiest Communities Rankings,” located in the Learning Resources.

The Assignment

Imagine that you are a member of a community health advocacy group whose mission is to advocate for access to comprehensive, quality healthcare in the community. You have been asked by the group to prepare a presentation for the city council that will describe the community’s current healthcare facilities and services, any gaps in services, and the impact the services or lack of services have on the community.

The presentation should be 6 to 8 slides, not including the title and the reference slides. To complete the presentation, each PowerPoint (PPT) slide (except the title, objectives, and references slides) should contain talking points in the “Speaker Notes” section of the PPT that act as a narration script for the slides. The talking points should be written as if they were going to be read word for word during the presentation while displaying the slides. You should also include information about your community’s health rankings using the U.S. News & World Report’s “2018 Healthiest Communities Rankings” interactive website.

It is not necessary to provide a recorded audio narration as part of the Assignment.

Tutorials on how to create a PowerPoint presentation and add to the “Speaker Notes” section can be found in the Walden Writing Center and in the Learning Resources.

  • Title slide
    • Title of the presentation, your name, and the date.
  • Presentation objectives: (1 slide)
    • Include 2 – 3 SMART objectives (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely).
  • Part 1: Acute Care Facilities (2 – 3 slides)
    • Provide acute care options-traditional and alternative-in your community. Categorize the care options instead of naming specific facilities or services. For example, most communities have multiple PCPs. Don’t list each provider. Instead, for example, state that there are five PCPs, two hospitals, three urgent care clinics, etc.
    • Provide specific, useful information about each type of facility or service, including what they offer, coverage options, and accessibility.
    • Explain the importance of acute care facilities and services on individual and community health. Address both acute and chronic health conditions and provide examples.
    • Provide talking points in the “Speaker Notes” section of the PowerPoint.
    • Cite and reference content in the slides and in the “Speaker Notes” section.
  • Part 2: Long-Term Facilities (2 – 3 slides)
    • Provide the long-term care options in your community. Similar to the way you presented acute care options, categorize the care options instead of naming specific facilities or services.
    • Provide specific, useful information about each facility or service, including what they offer, coverage options, and accessibility.
    • Explain the importance of long-term care facilities and services on individual and community health. Address both acute and chronic health conditions and provide examples.
    • Provide talking points in the “Speaker Notes” section of the PowerPoint.
    • Cite and reference content in the slides and in the “Speaker Notes” section.
  • Part 3: Gaps in Healthcare Services and Recommendations (1 – 2 slides)
    • Describe any gaps in healthcare services in your community and then explain the impact those gaps may have on individual and community health. NOTE: If you cannot identify any gaps in your community, you still need to suggest specific healthcare services that would be beneficial to your community (see next bullet).
    • Suggest specific services that you think would help fill the gaps.
    • Include your community’s health rankings from the U.S. News & World Report’s “2018 Healthiest Communities Rankings” interactive website.
    • Provide talking points in the “Speaker Notes” section of the PowerPoint.
  • Part 4: References
    • Support your content with the Learning Resources and at least one outside scholarly source.
    • If you use images from the Internet, you must cite and reference those as well.
    • All in-text citations and references must follow APA style guidelines.




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