Survey

Think of a public policy issue that interests you and design a six-question survey that looks professional on different aspects of that public policy issue. Imagine you are going to mail out this survey. It should include a statement of purpose as well as who to contact if the survey respondent has any questions.

The design of the survey is very important. Try to create the best survey instrument that you can using language and phrasing that is simple to understand and not biased. You may use any type of questions that you see fit (open-ended, close-ended, Likert scale, feeling thermometer, etc).

Then have two people that you know who are not in this class fill out the survey (do so safely with social

distancing or have them fill it out electronically) and then conduct a short interview with them about how they interpreted the survey

(I do not need to know their names but keep their responses separate)

. Ask them about the following:

-How did they interpret each question? Did they interpret the question in a manner that was

different from what you expected?

-Did the questions flow together or not?

-How visually appealing was the survey? Did the design make them want to complete it or not

Assignment: Climate Change and Environmental Justice

Assignment: Climate Change and Environmental Justice

When a disaster occurs, media outlets often focus on the images of the initial impact of the destruction and the grief-stricken faces of survivors. After the rubble begins to be cleared away, however, media outlets typically lose interest and fail to report on the recovery process for the survivors. However, long after the media fades, individuals continue to need help and assistance, whether due to displacement or loss of livelihood.

For this Assignment, think about the influence of climate change and effects of natural disasters. Reflect on the disparate impact on diverse communities and the role of social workers in preventing or intervening with impacted communities.

The Assignment (2–3 pages):

  • Describe the role of climate change on natural disasters.
  • Explain the concept of environmental justice as it relates to disasters caused by climate changes.
  • Explain the role of social workers to mitigate and ameliorate the effects of climate change.

Support your Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are required to provide a reference list and to appropriately cite, in APA style, all references used within your Assignment.

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References:

https://annalsofglobalhealth.org/articles/abstract/10.1016/j.aogh.2015.08.008/

https://grandchallengesforsocialwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/WP5-with-cover.pdf

Natural Versus Human-Made Disasters

Disasters, for the most part, occur without warning and can have devastating effects. Forces of nature and geological shifts in the earth’s inner core can instantaneously alter the lives of individuals and entire communities. When this happens, the cause of the event can be scientifically explained. Sometimes disasters are not natural events. Consider instances where human action caused the disaster. What if entire neighborhoods are destroyed by fire as a result of an individual intentionally starting a wildfire? What if an airplane crashes due to human error and kills hundreds of people? What if the lack of effective road and bridge maintenance leads to an unnoticed structural error, which later results in the collapse of a populated bridge in a busy city? At the same time, natural disasters can become more catastrophic due to human influences such as climate change, the manner in which communities build cities to withstand disaster, or social segregation causing greater impacts to some communities over others.

For this Discussion, think about similarities and differences in effects and interventions between natural and human-made disasters.

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Post a brief comparison between natural and human-made disasters. Then, apply the ecosystem approach to explain how the various systems effect a disaster and how these systems influence intervention. Finally, explain what type of debriefing you would recommend to social service providers responding to disaster survivors.

Book Review

Book Review Instructions

Read the following: Grudem, W. (2003). Business for the glory of God: The Bible’s teaching on the moral goodness of business. Wheaton: IL: Crossway. ISBN: 9781581345179.

Begin reading during the first module/week of the course. In Module/Week 5, you will submit a book review of 1,000 words in current APA format. Choose 1 chapter and write an in-depth review of the chapter you choose. Discuss 1 or 2 main points with which you agree and 1 or 2 with which you do not agree, supporting your thoughts with well-reasoned arguments. Your analysis must also be supported by at least 3 sources other than the Grudem book, and by biblical principles. Each additional source must be cited in-text and in a reference list in current APA format. This review will be evaluated based on the grading rubric provided.

Submit the Book Review by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 5.

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Discussion: Environmental Ethics

Make the World Greta Again (33:46) (Links to an external site.)– Upon realizing her generation won’t have a future unless the world’s politicians act now on climate change, then 15-year-old Greta Thunberg skipped school in August 2018 to protest outside the Swedish parliament. What started as a one person strike soon gained global momentum.

A Simple and Smart Way to Fix Climate Change | Dan Miller | TEDxOrangeCoast (16:31) (Links to an external site.) – In this talk, Dan Miller shares his passion and empathy for saving our planet.

Forget Climate Apocalypse. There’s Hope For Our Warming Planet (13:21) (Links to an external site.) – In this talk, journalist Jelmer Mommers discusses the real story behind climate change. The truth is more human and peaceful than fiction, because millions of people are working to end the era of fossil fuels, along with the violence and inequality that have accompanied this era from the beginning.

Paul Gilding: The Earth is Full (16:46) (Links to an external site.) – (Links to an external site.) In this video, Paul Gilding discusses the consumed space by humans living on earth and the resources used. He addresses the devastating consequences in his terrifying yet hopeful talk.

Steve Howard: Let’s Go All-In on Seeking Sustainability (13:18) (Links to an external site.)  (Links to an external site.)- Steve Howard, the chief sustainability officer at the IKEA, talks about his quest to sell eco-friendly materials and practices to both internal and worldwide customers. In his talk, he lays the challenge for other global giants because sustainability has gone from a nice-to-do to a must-do.

Why Don’t I Care About Climate Change (13:10) (Links to an external site.)  (Links to an external site.)- In this talk, teen philanthropist David Saddington explains why people do not care about climate change and provides a new perspective on climate change and why people really should care.

Reflect on the issues discussed in the video(s) you viewed. Address the following points in your discussion post:

  • What is the speaker’s point of view about the topic? Is the speaker biased?
  • What ethical issues and ethical reasoning are argued?
  • Do you think that environmental issues have moral and ethical implications? Why or why not?
  • Do you agree with the speaker’s point of view? Be specific and thorough. Express how and why you agree or disagree, and discuss how ethics and values contribute to your opinion. Consider the theoretical concepts discussed in the course. Do not just state your viewpoint; rather, provide relevant details to support your findings and/or position.

Current Events: Ethical Issues In The Real World

Using one of the news websites from the provided list, search for a current news story that demonstrates a moral or ethical dilemma. Your current news selection must be within the last 90 days. Examine the news story. Be sure to reflect and consider all aspects and viewpoints the author provides.

In your initial post, state the title of the news story and include the link so that others can access the story. Briefly summarize the story and explain the moral or ethical issue/dilemma and how it relates to an ethical theory, principle, and concept or code in the course text. Your response must be at least 200 words and show a clear connection between the news story/event and the course material/ethical theory.

Research Paper Outline

Following the Presentation Outline provided in the Ethical Research Presentation Guide, develop an outline for your presentation. Provide brief details about the summary of both sides of the topic, your opinion, conclusion, and relevant questions.

Your outline should be approximately 1-2 pages in length and should include the major points and arguments you intend to include in your presentation.

Your outline will automatically be evaluated through Turnitin when you submit your assignment in this activity. Turnitin is a service that checks your work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against a database of web pages, student papers, and articles from academic books and publications. Ensure that your work is entirely your own and that you have not plagiarized any material!

Your presentation must follow this outline:

  • Title Slide – This first slide must include the presentation title, your full name, and the date.
  • Body Slide- The next slides will contain an explanation and summary of both sides of the issue. Use your research to objectively (your opinion will come later) present the facts and opinions of both sides fairly. In your slides, cite (current APA format) the research you use, including citations. Your explanation and summaries should be in-depth, thus taking up several slides (should be 3+ slides). Use the notes section of the slide if you feel the slides are becoming crowded with too much text. Relate any principles, concepts, or information from your textbook into your presentation.
  • Reference Slide – This next slide must list all sources in the current APA format.
  • Opinion Slide – This next slide is your opinion. Present your own opinion about the controversy. You must explain why you believe what you do. Also, tie your opinion to one or more of the ethical approaches discussed in the textbook. State this ethical approach on the slide and explain why the approach is the right. Ex. “Utilitarian approach” focuses on consequences of abortion, more infant deaths vs. reduced back-alley deaths; deontology approach, does a fetus have rights vs. rights of mother; etc. Use the text or another professional source to support your stance. Be sure to properly cite your sources accordingly.
  • Conclusion and Discussion Questions Slide – Provide a summary of your presentation and close your presentation with three discussion questions about the topic. Think about these questions. Your questions must be ethically challenging and tough. You want your questions to really invoke a great deal of discussion.

TOPIC:

Degrees of Wealth.

Presentation Issue/Question: Do people who are considered financially wealthy have a moral obligation to pay for health care and other social service costs for disadvantaged people?

SOCW 6520 Responses

SOCW 6520 WK  responses 

Respond to the blog post of three colleagues Has to be responded to separately and different responses in one or more of the following ways: Name first and references after every person

Respond to the blog post of three colleagues in one or more of the following ways:

  • Expand on your      colleague’s posting.
  • Make a      suggestion to your colleague’s post.

Peer 1: David Jones

Understanding the community context within which an individual lives is crucial to understanding development (Bronfenbrenner & Morris, 1997), yet many different definitions of community are used. Community is used interchangeably with neighborhood (Leventhal & Brooks-Gunn, 2000). Community effects on adult substance use where I intern and other problem behaviors are usually conducted at the individual-level: examining how individual perceptions of the community context have influenced individual outcomes (Arthur, Hawkins, Pollard, Catalano & Baglioni, 2002; Leffert et al., 1998; Resnick, Ireland, & Borowsky, 2004). Correlations among community risks, resources, and poverty are found in high levels of economic risk. This same community is associated with higher levels of crime, a more pro-substance use environment, and worse district functioning. A negative association between residential instability and the substance use environment are major contributing factors.

Economic risk and residential instability may be decreased through logistical efforts such as increasing job opportunities and/or the minimum wage, and improving access to higher education or trade schools which are some services provided. Levels of collective efficacy may be increased by incorporating physical structures and places into neighborhoods that encourage community residents to interact with each other while engaging in constructive activities.

The first step in the planning of our drug abuse prevention program with the community is to assess the type of drug problem within the community and determine the level of risk factors affecting the problem. The results of this assessment can be used to raise awareness of the nature and seriousness of the community’s problem and guide selection of the best prevention methods to address the problem.

references

Arthur MW, Hawkins JD, Pollard JA, Catalano RF, Baglioni AJ (2002). Measuring risk and protective factors for  substance use, delinquency, and other adolescent problem behaviors – The communities that care youth  survey. Evaluation Review.

 

Bronfenbrenner U, Morris PA (1997). The ecology of developmental processes. In: Damon W, editor. Handbookof  human psychology. 5. New York: Wiley.

Leventhal T, Brooks-Gunn J (2000). The neighborhoods the live in: The effects of neighborhood residence on adult outcomes. Psychological Bulletin.

Peer 2: Alicia Simpkins 

Working with individuals and families and groups is always inevitable in the social work setting. Working with individuals and families seems to be especially intertwined. When working at this level, the focus is on “the scope of practice on the interactions of individuals and families and their environments” (Birkenmaier & Berg-Weger, 2018). When working with the individual, one will likely get an understanding of how the family and the environment surrounding all parties may affect the individual. When working with groups, one may encounter different individuals from all walks of life, all of which have one common goal and are there to support one another. According to the text, group practice “shares a commitment to a system perspective, group dynamics, common intervention concepts and processes, and evaluation” (Birkenmaier & Berg-Weger, 2018).

Group practice seems to be most common at my intern placement. While there is often individual and family sessions with clinicians, there is commonly group practice. We have group meetings for those who are participating in intensive outpatient services for our substance abuse treatment program.  We also have group practice for adolescents that are utilizing services provided by our organization, such as mentoring services, or support groups to reduce truancy, to name a few. Group practice and being able to interact with all individuals of from various backgrounds is extremely common in and allows clients to support each other since they all share a common goal.

References

Birkenmaier, J., & Berg-Weger, M. (2018). The practicum companion for social work: Integrating class and fieldwork. New York, NY: Pearson.

Peer 3: Amber Hopf 

Explanation of individual, family, and group context in agency

Social workers work in different contexts to meet the needs of their clients (Laureate Education, 2013). For instance, social workers may approach situations and experiences differently depending on what services they are providing. Birkenmaier and Berg-Weger (2018) discuss how a social workers role consist of addressing the issues at hand and providing clients with the proper treatment in order to meet their needs as well as create a change within the community. In other words, social workers are meant to ensure that clients are receiving the appropriate services and resources needed to enhance their well-being.

With that being said, at my internship my role consists of working with foster and biological families to help them achieve the goals of reuniting parents with the children. Thus, my role involves more interaction with families and their achievement in reaching their goals and meeting their needs. In fact, I continuously collaborate with both parties to ensure that biological parents and children are getting these opportunities to meet and rebuild that parent-child relationship. In doing so, I am focused on reconnecting parents with children so that they can be reunited in the future. On the other hand, my role consists of working closely with case workers regarding the cases. This includes emails detailing the visitation sessions as well as any concerns that may arise with the case. In adapting to these contexts and roles, I am better able to provide additional services or resources that could benefit both the parents and children. The ultimate goal is for the biological parents and their children to rebuild these relationships with the hopes of reuniting in the home. Therefore, the procedures and treatments utilized are to give professionals the ability to provide best possible treatment in order to meet the needs of the families.

References

Birkenmaier, J., & Berg-Weger, M. (2018). The practicum companion for social work: Integrating class and fieldwork (4th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson.

Laureate Education. (Producer). (2013). Individual, family, and group contact [Audio file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu.

Climate Change And Environmental Justice

When a disaster occurs, media outlets often focus on the images of the initial impact of the destruction and the grief-stricken faces of survivors. After the rubble begins to be cleared away, however, media outlets typically lose interest and fail to report on the recovery process for the survivors. However, long after the media fades, individuals continue to need help and assistance, whether due to displacement or loss of livelihood.

For this Assignment, think about the influence of climate change and effects of natural disasters. Reflect on the disparate impact on diverse communities and the role of social workers in preventing or intervening with impacted communities.

The Assignment (2–3 pages):

  • Describe the role of climate change on natural disasters.
  • Explain the concept of environmental justice as it relates to disasters caused by climate changes.
  • Explain the role of social workers to mitigate and ameliorate the effects of climate change.

Support your Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are required to provide a reference list and to appropriately cite, in APA style, all references used within your Assignment.

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Capstone Project

Public Health Capstone

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, COVID-19 has disproportionately affected many marginalized communities here in the United States. A recent CDC study shows that, once fully vaccinated, a person’s risk of infection is reduced by up to 90% (CDC, 2021). Current data also suggest that COVID-19 vaccines offer protection against the variants circulating in the United States (CDC, 2021). However, there is still a significant amount of skepticism among minorities. Some of this skepticism is noted to stem from historical implications which have limited human rights and justice—particularly as it pertains to research. This is evidenced by controversial studies such as the Tuskegee and Henrietta Lacks studies.

Further, the efficacy seen in clinical trials is now being shown in the real world. Therefore, there has been a disproportionate level of minority participation in COVID-19 clinical trials. Some research presents contributing factors as being lack of doctor office support while treating minorities and limited access to the actual locations where clinical trials are held.

Application:

First read the following on implications of vaccinations and clinical trials in marginalized communities, as noted below:

To learn more about the distrust in minority communities with respect to getting vaccinated and participating in COVID-19 clinical trials, review the following resources:

Article#1https://abcnews.go.com/US/minority-communities-distrust-covid-19-vaccine-poses-challenge/story?id=74503429 (Links to an external site.)

Article#2https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2021971 (Links to an external site.)

Videohttps://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2104757 (Links to an external site.)

Based on what you have learned about minorities and possible barriers to getting vaccinated and participating in COVID-19 clinical trials, you have been tasked to identify possible strategies to promote vaccinations and clinical trial participation by using the enclosed

Public health work involves a certain investment within communities that present unique factors, such as limited access to care, and inequitable resources.

With respect to this role, you are to draft a two-page narrative that proposes a minimum of 3 strategies that address the promotion of both (1) vaccinations and (2) participation in clinical trials. Project narratives are used to define ideas for a project or proposal and describe how the ideas will be carried out.

Here is what is to be considered when presenting the project narrative:

Audience: You will be expected to communicate the health relevance of the project to the public (the marginalized community of your choice).

NoteMarginalized communities are communities confined to the lower or peripheral edge of the society. Such a group is denied involvement in mainstream economic, political, cultural, and social activities due to their living conditions, lifestyles, or exclusion.

Scope: Briefly describe how, in the short or long term, the selected strategies would contribute to the needs of marginalized communities and applied to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness of COVID-19. In other words, how would these strategies mobilize these communities to better health practices as they pertain to COVID-19 response efforts?

Strategy:

  1. Select a minimum of (3) strategies that support increased COVID-19 vaccinations among marginalized communities. Provide a minimum 30-word rationale for each strategy.
  2. Select a minimum of (3) strategies that support increased clinical trial use among marginalized communities. Provide a minimum 30-word rationale for each strategy.
  3. Last, summarize the overall importance of infusing the strategies to meet marginalized communities at the level of their needs.

Be clear and stay within the scope of how, when, and where the plan will be implemented. You may use SMART goals to ensure that you provide inclusive and realistic planning strategies. Here is an example of how to use SMART goals here: https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/career-development/smart-goals (Links to an external site.)

References:

Centers for Disease Control (2021, December 10). COVID-19 racial and ethnic disparities. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/health-equity/racial-ethnic-disparities/increased-risk-illness.html (Links to an external site.)

IGI Global (n.d.). What is marginalized communities? https://www.igi-global.com/dictionary/technologies-for-digital-inclusion/50719#:~:text=In%20general%20terms%2C%20marginalized%20communities%20are%20communities%20confined,due%20to%20their%20living%20conditions%2C%20lifestyles%20or%20exclusion (Links to an external site.).

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