Considering How Societal Trends Impact Health Policy
In the Week 2 Discussion, you examined how media such as news reports, articles, books, and films can impact health policies. Societal trends also can impact public health policy. Examples of societal trends include fracking (hydraulic fracturing), Affordable Health Care Act, and Food Politics
. The public health policies that are formulated from these trends can impact social change. What other societal trends have produced large changes? How did these trends impact public health and public health policy?
To prepare for this Discussion:
?Review the Berman and Blacksher articles, as well as the following websites: Act Up, American Cancer Society, Food Politics
, Gasland, HealthCare.gov, and Partners in Health. Reflect on how societal trends influence health policy and advocacy work.
?View the media ?Priorities and Resources in Public Health.?
?Research societal trends that impact public health policy. Consider a range of public health policies such as environmental, health care, food
, tobacco, etc.
?Select a trend that you think has the greatest impact on public health policy.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 4 a description of your selected societal trend. Then, explain the impact of the trend on public health policy. Explain how public health policy impacted by this societal trend might influence positive social change.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.
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Blacksher, Erika. (2008). "Carrots and Sticks to Promote Healthy Behaviors." Hasting
Center Report. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1353/hcr.0.0002/abstract
Berman, Micah. (Fall 2011). "From Health Care Reform to Public Health Reform."
Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, vol. 39 (3). Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1748-720X.2011.00603.x/abstract