Improving Population Health—Letter To The Editor

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 (see attached)

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.

https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives

https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/How-to-Use-DATA2020

http://www.pressganey.com/solutions/service-a-to-z/hcahps-regulatory-survey

https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html

https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives

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