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SOCW 6351 week 8 and week 9

04 Apr

 

 

Introduction

Policies in any domain determine what can and cannot be done within that domain, and social work is no exception. Social workers need to be prepared to assume and maintain leadership roles in public discussions about policies, programs, and services affecting children and their families. In fact, the social work profession’s role as a voice for children, their families, their education, and their future was a key element in its development—and it is as vital today as it has been at any other time in history.

How do you think understanding and being able to analyze policies in social work could help you as a social worker? Could you operate within the guidelines of policies without thoroughly understanding them? Could you propose amendments to existing policies or argue for new policies without being able to analyze the existing policies?

This week, you analyze the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) child welfare initiatives, as well as past and current social policy related to a social issue you select. You also identify funding levels associated with a specific welfare policy.

Objectives

Students will:

  • Analyze National Association of Social Workers child welfare initiatives
  • Analyze current social policy related to a social issue
  • Evaluate funding levels associated with a specific welfare policy

 

Required

 

  • Discussion: Social Policy: Child Abuse and Neglect

Protecting children from abuse and neglect is a cornerstone of the social work profession. Social work professionals strive to ensure that children grow into healthy, well-developed adults. They also develop, implement, and evaluate policy initiatives regarding child welfare. Such initiatives should aim to not only reduce child abuse and neglect, but also provide support for children’s development and resources that will enhance their well-being. As a social worker, to what extent do you understand the existing policies addressing child abuse and neglect? In addition, how prepared are you to propose new policy initiatives in this regard?

For this Discussion, review the resources, including the NASW’s policy statement on child abuse and neglect on the NASW website. Pick one of the NASW positions and consider a policy initiative you would introduce to further that initiative. Be sure to think about the policies that already exist in your state and how this initiative might alter existing policies.

Post by Day 3 a brief description of the position you selected from the NASW policy statement on child abuse and neglect. Then, describe a policy initiative you might introduce to further that position. Finally, describe the policies that already exist in your state and explain how your initiative might alter these existing policies.

Support your post with specific references to the resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.

  • Assignment 1: Social Welfare Wiki Assignment, Part 3: Current Policies Wiki

As a social work professional, you will play an important role in terms of analyzing the existing policies regarding child welfare, especially child abuse and neglect. You also will play a crucial function in terms of shaping and implementing new child welfare policies. How prepared are you to fulfill your role?

For this Assignment, visit the Group Wiki to which you are assigned and begin collaborating with your group members to determine the current policy approach and current policy goals for addressing the social issue your group selected in Week 3. Then, as a group, begin sharing information and resources that analyze the current policy approach to the social issue your group selected and evaluate funding levels associated with that policy. You will use the information you gain from your group’s collaboration to write a paper later this week. You may want to consult the assignment instructions to ensure that your group wiki addresses all aspects of the problem and includes resources to meet all of the requirements of the paper.

Keep in mind that you stand to get as much out of a wiki as you put into it. You are required to post information on your wiki at least twice a week. You can substitute one of your content-related posts by performing “housekeeping” activities in the wiki, such as reorganizing existing information into new categories or restating content to increase clarity.

Complete your Wiki Assignmen

 

  • Assignment 2: Application—Current Policies

In Week 5, you wrote a paper based on the information you researched on the social problem selected by your wiki group. Subsequently, as a group, you have analyzed the current policies addressing the social problem in this week’s wiki. You also have evaluated the funding levels associated with the policies. It is now your turn to assimilate this week’s wiki inputs into a paper. Remember, each group member will write a paper on an individual basis.

For this Assignment, review your group’s wiki for this week. Then, conceptualize a paper based on the contributions on your group’s wiki.

Assignment (4–6 double-spaced pages, APA format): In addition to a minimum of eight scholarly references, which may include electronic government documents and reputable websites, your paper should include:

  • A description of the current policy approach for addressing the social issue your group selected
  • A description of the current policy goals for addressing the social issue your group selected
  • A description of the population the current policy approach covers
  • An explanation of the funding levels for the current policy approach and whether they are accurate to address the issue for which the welfare policy was developed

 

 

Week 9      (1 discussion and 1 assignment)

Week 9: Health Care Policy

 

Introduction

The requirements, services, and benefits associated with federal programs vary from one geographic area to another. Such variation may result in consumer confusion and difficulties in understanding and accessing needed health care services.

This week, you examine the impact of health care policy’s evolution on Medicaid and Medicare programs, analyze your state’s Medicaid policies, and determine the stakeholders in health care policy development for your state. You also identify individuals who represent “at-risk,” marginalized, or oppressed populations and investigate the impact of these policies from the perspective of select populations.

Objectives

Students will:

  • Analyze the impact of health care policy’s evolution on Medicaid and Medicare programs
  • Analyze state Medicaid policies for possible amendment
  • Analyze stakeholders in health care policy development
  • Identify individuals who represent “at-risk”, marginalized, or oppressed groups in society
  • Analyze the impact of policy from the perspective of marginalized populations

 

Required

  • Acker, Gila M. (2010). How social workers cope with managed care. Administration in Social Work, 34(5), 405–422.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Retrieved November 14, 2013, from http://www.ahrq.gov
  • Discussion: Stakeholders in Health Care Policy

There are many stakeholders involved in health care policy issues, and they represent a wide variety of interests and perspectives. The health care industry employs many people. Though all stakeholders may share the goal of optimum individual and societal health and well-being, it is important to note that stakeholders’ financial interests may influence decision making.

For this Discussion, review this week’s resources. Consider the impact of health care policy’s evolution on Medicaid and Medicare programs. Then, think about a specific Medicaid policy in your state that should be amended, and reflect on how you would amend it and why. Finally, research the stakeholders involved in Medicaid and Medicare health care policy in your state and consider the role of these stakeholders in policy development for this issue.

Post by Day 3 an explanation of how the evolution of health care policy has influenced programs such as Medicaid and Medicare. Then, describe a specific Medicaid policy in your state that should be amended, and explain how you would amend it and why. Finally, describe the stakeholders involved in the Medicaid and Medicare health care policy in your state, and explain the role of these stakeholders in policy development for this issue.

Support your post with specific references to the resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.

 

 

Required

  • Concannon, L. (2009). Developing inclusive health and social care policies for older LGBT citizens. British Journal of Social Work, 39(3), 403–417.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Document: Position Paper Instructions (PDF)

 

  • Position Paper: Population Perspectives on Policy

Sometimes, during heated discussions and debates about social policy, the underlying reasons for the policy go unnoticed. Advocates and policymakers may become so committed to their perspectives and to winning the debates that they lose focus on the larger context surrounding an issue. The purpose of policy is to improve the lives and well-being of individuals and groups in our society. As you assume the role of a social work policymaker, consider the importance of keeping the needs and experiences of vulnerable populations at the forefront of your mind in your advocacy efforts. This can help to assure effective policy practice.

For this Assignment, read the Position Paper Assignment Instructions document in the resources. Then, select a profile of an individual who is representative of a population that is considered an “at-risk,” marginalized, or oppressed group. Finally, consider the impact of social policy from the perspective of the individual you selected.

Assignment (3–5 pages, APA format): Your paper should include:

  • A description of the individual you selected who is representative of a population that is considered to be an “at-risk,” marginalized, or oppressed group
  • An evaluation of the impact of policy from the perspective of the individual you selected

 

 
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