Task Force Project—Identifying the Determinants of Health

Assignment 3: Task Force Project—Identifying the Determinants of Health

You have been hired as head of the Maternal, Infant, and Reproductive Health Task Force in Centervale. The mission of the task force is to reduce the growing rate of adolescent pregnancy in Centervale using a multi-component, ecological approach.

The task force includes representatives from the medical community, community-based organizations that serve low income and minority populations, schools, parents, and teen advocacy groups. Each group has an interest in the issue although there are several opinions about how the problem should be addressed. Previous meetings (prior to your participation) lacked focus and direction, and consisted primarily of members voicing opinions.

You were hired for this position based on your ability to apply theoretically sound, evidence-based principles to the development and evaluation of programs and policies. Over the next several weeks, you will develop brief planning and background documents to use as the basis for the development and evaluation of a comprehensive program. You will then prepare a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation of your program for the Board of Directors. The first step is to learn more about adolescent pregnancy prevention, and the behavioral, cultural, and environmental risk factors associated with this health issue.

Using the Argosy University online library resources, review scholarly literature on adolescent pregnancy prevention, including the behavioral, cultural, and environmental risk factors associated with this health issue. Explain the key behavioral, cultural, and environmental risk factors. Be sure to provide illustrative examples in support. Do not focus on how the problem can be fixed, but only on the risk or causative factors.
•Focus on the following: ?Which factors do you think are the most important and why?
?Which factors do you think are the most and least changeable?

Support your positions with at least three scholarly, peer-reviewed articles. Include a reference page.

Write a 2–3-page report in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M1_A3.doc. For example, if your name is John Smith, your document will be named SmithJ_M1_A3.doc.

By Monday, January 6, 2014, deliver your assignment to the M1: Assignment 3 Dropbox.

Assignment 3 Grading Criteria
Maximum Points

Provided a brief overview of adolescent pregnancy.
8

Described key behavioral, environmental, and cultural risk factors, giving examples of each.
12

Described factors most important for reducing or preventing adolescent pregnancy.
12

Listed and described factors that are most changeable, and those that are the least changeable.
12

Supported statements using at least three scholarly resources.
4

Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
12

Total:
60
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Suggested reading
•From the Internet, read:
?National Cancer Institute. (2005). Part 1: Foundations of theory in health promotion and health behavior. In Theory at a glance: A guide for health promotion practice (pp. 3–7). Retrieved from
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/cancerlibrary/theory.pdf
?US Department of Health and Human Services, Healthy people 2020. (n.d.). Determinants of health. Retrieved from
http://healthypeople.gov/2020/about/DOHAbout.aspx

 

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