MMHA 6900 Improving Population Health—Letter to the Editor

MMHA 6900 Improving Population Health—Letter to the Editor
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Assignment: Improving Population Health—Letter to the Editor

There are mechanisms in place that are used to improve population health, including (1) health statuses and outcomes, (2) determinant factors, and (3) interventions that address determinant factors and improve outcomes (Joshi et al., 2014 p. 549). How health care is provided and how it can be improved is the focus of this assignment, which lends itself to a perfect opportunity for you to put your analysis skills into practice. The Learning Resources section this week provides you with data from the patient experience of care that also sheds light on expectations that have and have not been met. The Healthy People 2020 data provides measurements and goals for health care into the future, along with reasons for achieving those goals.

For this Assignment, you will read a scenario, analyze an existing problem using the data/resources provided, and make recommendations to address the issues.

To prepare:

Review all Learning Resources for the week that relate to improving population health.

The Assignment:

Read the following scenario:

The community of Springfield (population approximately 100,000) is made up of hardworking, mostly older, factory laborers who contributed to both the city and county growth from the late 1950s through early 2005. Since the plant closed, many of the former workers have little to look forward to. There are few jobs available and they are now aging; most are 60 years of age or older.

The Memorial Hospital has been in existence since the mid-1950s and has several primary care physicians and nurse practitioners, a couple of general surgeons, and one cardiologist, but no cardiac surgeons.

Many nurses are recruited from the nearby community college, and the hospital serves as the facility for clinical rounds in their education.

The community is pretty sedentary, with the exception of an occasional game of horseshoes. Cigarette smoking is prominent.

Serious concerns surround the continued existence of the hospital because many residents seek and obtain health care services elsewhere.

Compare the population of this city to other problem areas using the Healthy People sources. The town’s population is approximately 100,000, making the comparison fairly straightforward.

Using the information provided in the scenario and the:

HCAHPS Data and Healthy People 2020 Data

 

From this week’s Learning Resources, write a 2-page Letter to the Editor of the local paper that includes:

  • An evaluation of the issues that would be the focus on need for quality improvement
  • An analysis of existing problems/issues based on data/resources provided
  • 2 or 3 recommended strategies to address each quality improvement issue

Note: Your Assignment must be written in standard edited English. Be sure to support your work with at least five high-quality references, including two from peer-reviewed journals. Refer to the Essential Guide to APA Style for Walden Students to ensure that your in-text citations and reference list are correct. This Assignment will be graded using this rubric: Week 2 Assignment Rubric (PDF). Your Assignment should show effective application of triangulation of content and resources in your conclusion and recommendations.

HCAHPS Data and Healthy People 2020 Data

 

 

HCAHPS Data

 Patients whoMemorial #1 local #2 localState National
 reported that:Hospital Competitor CompetitorAverageAverage
 Their nurses “Always”             
 communicated well.72%  78%  90%  81%79%
 Their doctors “Always”             
 communicated well.74%  79%  80%  83%82%
 They “Always” received help as             
 soon as they wanted.55%  62%  66%  67%68%
 Their pain was “Always” well             
 controlled.66%  69%  70%  72%71%
 Their room and bathroom were             
 “Always” clean.69%  74%  75%  72%74%
 Patients who gave their hospital             
 a rating of 9 or 10 on a scale             
 from 0 [lowest] to 10 [highest].65%  69%  70%  70%71%
 Patients who reported YES,             
 they would definitely             
 Recommend the hospital.65%  70%  70%  70%71%
           
 Springfield—Healthy People Data      
    200720102015 2020 Goal 
 Reduce the overall cancer rate 179.3172.8174.2  169 
 Reduce lung cancer death rate  50.6 47.648.1  45.5 
 Reduce the colorectal cancer death            
 rate  17.1 15.9 16  14.5 
 Reduce the diabetes death rate  74 70.767.6  66.6 

 

 

 

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Reduce the coronary heart disease     
deaths129.2 113.6122103.2
Reduce the rate of death among     
adolescents60.3 59.460.154.3
Increase the proportion of adults aged     
18 years and older with major     
depressive episodes who receive     
treatment69 68.267.675.9
Increase the proportion of smoke free     
homes79.7 83.978.887
  *** Age adjusted, per 100,000 population

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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