Essay Cove

Essay Cove

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In all cases, the policy/proposal chosen should
have something to do with “health” or “mental health,” defined broadly. For instance, it could be a specific health coverage
proposal; however, it could also be a plan to offer paid caregiving/family
leave, or a plan to address the opioid crisis, homelessness, or some other
social problem with measurable health implications. The platform can be that of
a candidate for local, state, or federal office.
The submission should describe the policy proposal of interest and present a recommendation about if the proposal should be supported by social workers or not. This recommendation must be supported by analysis that includes (not necessarily in this order):
1. Description of the proposal, including both overt goals and possible unstated goals. Include context about which candidate has published the proposal and whether it is associated with actual legislation or is just a draft proposal on a campaign website.
2. Background on the social problem the proposal seeks to address.
3. Identification of key stakeholders, including populations that may be impacted through inclusion or exclusion from the policy.
4. Assessment of whether the proposal/plan has sufficient detail to allow for full analysis of its potential to achieve the stated goals. If there isn’t sufficient detail, explain what is needed to know whether the policy would work or not.
5. Evaluation of the potential impacts of the policy, if implemented. If possible, an equity analysis should describe about how particularly vulnerable or historically marginalized populations may be affected. If there is insufficient detail provided to allow a full analysis, this section may include some specific unanswered questions that must be addressed in order to understand the equity impacts of the proposal.
6. Recommendation – should this proposal/plan be supported?
The final product may take one of several forms. Options include: a 3-4 page, single-spaced memo or brief; a 5 minute presentation with some visual elements (such as PowerPoint slides or an infographic handout); a website that might be shared with advocates; or, a 5 minute podcast. Please work with your instructor to identify a suitable submission format and specific grading rubric.

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