case analysis public health

How do you use research to gather compelling evidence for your public health issue? Furthermore, how can you use data to prove that your issue is worthy of being a priority? The process of locating and synthesizing scholarly research is a critical skill for all who wish to advocate for public health issues. However, due to the abundance of information that can be found on the Internet, this process is also one that can lead to inaccurate conclusions.

Consider, for example, the controversy that surrounded the reported link between the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination and autism spectrum disorder. In 1998, the medical journal The Lancet published a research paper stating that autism could be caused by the MMR vaccination. The authors’ claims received widespread media attention, bolstered by celebrity advocacy. Many parents decided not to vaccinate their children because of the perceived risk; this, in turn, resulted in an increase of illnesses and deaths caused by measles, mumps, and rubella. Years later the paper was deemed fraudulent and retracted by The Lancet. Many scientific and legal groups have indicated that there is no epidemiological or medical evidence that proves a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism.

As a public health leader and advocate, it is essential that you understand how to identify and integrate current, valid research into your policy and advocacy efforts. The use of anecdotal, inaccurate, or unsupported information can negatively impact your public health issue, as well as the individuals, families, and communities for which you are trying to advocate.

In this Assignment, you engage in the process of conducting scholarly, peer-reviewed research.

To prepare for this Assignment, conduct research to locate five scholarly, peer-reviewed articles from the Walden Library that provide evidence for and support your public health issue.

By Day 7 of Week 4, submit the following in a 3- to 4-page paper:

  • Title page and Table of Contents.
  • Identify the topic and public health issue, which has been approved by your Instructor.
  • Provide evidence (two scholarly, peer-reviewed articles) that justifies this as a public health issue.
    • Explain the overall findings of each article.
    • Explain how each article speaks to policy and/or advocacy gaps and further proves the need for intervention.
  • Provide evidence (two scholarly, peer-reviewed articles) that speaks to interventions currently being used to address this public health issue.
    • Describe at least one intervention in detail, noting the strengths and challenges of its implementation.
    • Explain the overall impact this intervention has had, using research findings from the scholarly articles to support your thinking.
  • Provide evidence (one scholarly, peer-reviewed article) of one alternative intervention that could address this public health issue.
    • Describe the alternative intervention, noting potential strengths and challenges.
  • Explain the overall impact this intervention might have and why.
  • Complete APA reference page.

Be sure to reference at least five scholarly articles throughout your paper.

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