Health Policy and Advocacy

Module 3: Discussion Question
You are responsible for minimally at least 3 posts for each question in your discussion boards; your initial post and reply to two of your classmates. Your initial post(s) should be your response to the questions posed in the discussion question. You should research your answer and cite at least one scholarly source when appropriate, and always use quality writing. The discussion board is never a place to use text language or emoticons. You will also be asked to respond to your classmates. This is designed to enhance the academic discussion around the topic. It is all right to disagree with something posted by another, however your responses should always be thoughtful and respectful and reflect your opinions professionally.

WEEK 3 Discussion Question:
Pick any news article that on the surface is unrelated to health care and make a connection to health based on social or economic issues that if changed could influence health outcomes.

Your initial posting should be 300 to 350 words in length and utilize at least 1-2 scholarly peer Reviewed source other than the textbook. Please reply to at least two classmates. Replies to classmates should be between 150 and 200 words in length. To properly “thread” your discussion posting, please click on REPLY.





When you submit your assignment it goes through Turnitin, a plagiarism software, to be sure that your work is less than 20% duplicated from other sources unless otherwise noted. Take the time to correct it so the report verifying your work is less than 20% or as required by your instructor. You may edit your paper and resubmit it up to three times or per your instructor’s directions. Make sure you follow the RUBRIC below strictly to score the highest point.

Does Not Meet 0%
Approaches 70%
Meets 80%
Exceeds 100%
Criterion Score

Content of Initial Thread/Post Weight: 40%
0 points
Response contains little to none of the required aspects of the prompt; Content is off topic; references are not included. APA reference/citation format is not used.
5.6 points
Major required aspects of the prompt are not addressed or the response speaks in vague generalities. Information is too general; 1 reference is present, but it is non-scholarly (if required) and/or it does not appropriately reflect the topic. APA reference/citation format may be inaccurate in the response.

6.4 points
Response addresses prompt requirements. Content is relevant and germane to the intent of the prompt; 1 or more references are scholarly (if required) and/or appropriately reflect topic, and have few APA formatting errors.

8 points
Content includes additional or novel points beyond the intent of the prompt. References are sufficient, scholarly in nature, and are formatted correctly in APA format.
/ 8

Critical Thinking of Thread/Post Weight: 10%

0 points
Little analysis or insight is displayed; Little or no logical support or reasoning is present

1.4 points
Some illogical statements and poor reasoning displayed; argument is unclear or convoluted

1.6 points
Response indicates that thought, insight, and analysis has taken place; Argument is solid and logical

2 points
Response is rich in critical thinking, and full of thought, insight, and analysis; Argument is clear and concise
/ 2

Quality of Written Communication in Initial Thread/Post Weight: 20%
0 points
Style and voice inappropriate or do not address given audience, purpose, etc. Word choice is excessively redundant, clichéd, and unspecific. Inconsistent grammar, spelling, punctuation, and paragraphing. Surface errors are pervasive enough that they impede communication of meaning.

2.8 points
Style and voice are somewhat appropriate to given audience and purpose. Word choice is often unspecific, generic, redundant, and clichéd. Repetitive mechanical errors distract the reader. Inconsistencies in language, sentence structure, and/or word choice are present.

3.2 points
Style and voice are appropriate to the given audience and purpose. Word choice is specific and purposeful, and somewhat varied throughout. Minimal mechanical or typographical errors are present, but are not overly distracting to the reader. Correct sentence structure and audience-appropriate language are used.

4 points
Style and voice are not only appropriate to the given audience and purpose, but also show originality and creativity. Word choice is specific, purposeful, dynamic and varied. Free of mechanical and typographical errors. A variety of sentence structures and effective figures of speech are used. Writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English.
/ 4

Discussion Responses to Classmates’ Threads/Posts Weight: 30%
0 points
Did not make an effort to participate in learning community as it develops; Displays lack of engagement with discussion forum; Did not make the minimum of 2 responses to classmates.

4.2 points
Occasionally makes meaningful reflection on group’s efforts; Marginal effort to become involved with group; Made one response to classmates

4.8 points
Frequently attempts to direct the discussion and present relevant viewpoints for consideration by group; Interacts freely; Met the minimum of 2 responses to classmates

6 points
Shows astute awareness of needs of community; Frequently attempts to motivate the group discussion; Presents creative approaches to topic; Made at least 2 responses to classmates
/ 6
Rubric Total ScoreTotal
/ 20

Please Read: CourseHero & Academic Dishonesty

• Hello, Aspen Students.
We hope your courses are going well and you are enjoying the learning at Aspen. As you complete your coursework, it is critical to remember the importance of academic integrity. Integrity is founded in having a moral and ethical code that guides one’s decisions, especially with regard to the concept of honesty. One aspect of academic integrity deals with doing one’s own work and not participating in behaviors that promote deceit or plagiarism, including behaviors that aid others in plagiarizing. The University has clear policies on academic dishonesty and plagiarism, which everyone should review now:

The purpose of this message is to help you be aware of some potentially risky academic behaviors which could put your education in jeopardy. Engaging in academically dishonest behaviors, directly or indirectly, can result in a Code of Conduct violation and possible removal from the University. We want to emphasize this to every student because we sincerely care about your success and do not want any student to compromise their own integrity, morals or ethics in order to avoid the expectations of academic honesty.

We are aware of a particular website where Aspen students are engaging in academically dishonest behavior. The website is called CourseHero. CourseHero disguises itself as a ‘tutoring’ site or they offer a ‘scholarship’ if a student uploads papers to the site. Similar sites exist and should also be avoided as well, such as,,, and Additionally, these kinds of sites are tricking you into uploading your Aspen assignments and then profiting from selling your papers to others. By sharing your papers or using those artifacts on the site, you are directly committing a violation of the academic integrity policy and are at risk of a Code of Conduct incident. For your reference, here is the link to some of these violations- Faculty, peers, school administrators and staff (even family, friends and employers) can all see every student who is participating in this academically dishonest and unethical behavior. Is it worth jeopardizing your education or public image? How will you perform successfully in the real world if you never do your own work? If you share your work with others to use for plagiaristic acts, how does this nurture your moral and ethical core?

We want to be very clear that this is a direct violation of Aspen’s academic integrity and plagiarism policies. If you have participated in this behavior, we ask that you take this opportunity to remove the content, demonstrate that it was an error in judgment and prevent any subsequent action by the University. To remove your assignments, please follow these directions: How do I remove a document I previously uploaded?

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your academic advisor for advice and guidance. To all the rest of you, thank you for upholding the importance of academic honesty and refusing to participate in these kinds of behaviors. Good luck in your courses and Aspen on!
• 7th Edition of the APA Manual
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