Using Political Strategies to Move Advocacy Forward

Week 3 Discussion: Using Political Strategies to Move Advocacy Forward

Due: A discussion thread is designed to be an informal paragraph-style. A professional post must include research which is proven by summary, paraphrase, and quotations. Integrate your research with professional opinions and experiences. All research must be proven by in-text citations matching your reference list and formatted using 7th ed. APA.

The discussion board closes weekly on Sunday by 11:59 PM (Denver, MT). No late posts will be accepted without prior approval. Please reach out to your instructor in advance (if possible), to request an extension if you have extenuating circumstances and are unable to meet deadlines.

Step 1: Initial Main Discussion Thread

Post your Initial Main Discussion Thread no later than Wednesday night by 11:59 PM (Denver, MT). The week closes Sunday 11:59 PM (Denver, MT). If you submit your Initial Main Discussion Thread post late, a 10% penalty will be applied.

Initial Main Discussion Thread post at least 250 words in length.

Read the vignette below:

Vignette: You are completing a clinical rotation in a small community agency that provides services to pregnant women or women with children under the age of 3. This agency is located in an urban area of the southern United States. The racial composition of the community is 78.1% white, 9.6% African American, 8.0% Hispanic, 0.3% American Indian/Alaska Native, 2.0% Asian, and 2.0% other. In 2024, 110,800 women of child-bearing age resided in the county with 5,300 total births.

Recently you and your fellow students learned that current statistics for the county reveal that from 2022 to 2024, the infant mortality (number of deaths per 1000 live births) rate was 8.2%; an increase from 6.5% in 2019-2021. For African Americans, the rates were 10.0% in 2019 to 2021 and increased to 14.4% in 2022 to 2024. The local Healthy Start agency confirms that these data are accurate for the community. In fact, based on a review of deaths by the coroner, in the last year, the major causes of neonatal and infant demise were low birth weight, babies sleeping in bed with an adult (roll over/unintentional deaths), and SIDS.

Respond to the following prompts using at least TWO reliable, evidence-based, and professional resources integrated with your personal experience. It is recommended that students do not read peer posts before submitting their initial discussions. Your Initial Main Discussion Thread should include the following:

  1. Discuss which actions should be taken first based on this data.
  2. Identify the community partners that are likely to support your agency to improve these statistics and improve outcomes.
  3. Using reliable research, develop an intervention you would like to see implemented and how would you move the action forward in the community?

Using Political Strategies to Move Advocacy Forward

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