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Option #1: Reducing the Burden of Heart Disease (310 points)

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and the costliest of illnesses. Preventing heart disease and related illnesses has the potential to improve population health outcomes and lead to a healthier and more productive society. For this assignment, you will consider the role of a community health professional charged with gathering data on heart disease and designing an intervention to target the problem of heart disease in your state.

Read the following article:

Greenwell, C. (2015, April 19). Heart disease and stroke cost Americans nearly $1 billion a day in medical costs, lost productivity. CDC Foundation. Retrieved from

Complete the following three parts in a paper of eight to ten pages in length. Other requirements are listed below.

Part 1: Data Analysis (2-3 pages)

  1. Collect qualitative and quantitative data on the health status of your state’s population relative to heart disease morbidity and mortality. What are the incidence and prevalence of heart disease in your state? Include insightful data on the problem of heart disease by race and gender.
  2. Analyze how your state compares with national data and data from another country relative to heart disease mortality and morbidity.

Part 2: Logic Model (1 pages)

  1. Develop a strategy for reducing the burden of heart disease in your state and present it as a visual using a logic model. See an example of a logic model.
  2. Your logic model should include a purpose, context, inputs/resources, activities, outputs, and effects/impacts relative to how the proposed initiative will work and the intended outcomes of the initiative. The logic model should be presented on one page and included in the Appendix of the paper as an exhibit.
  3. The logic model should reflect on concepts covered in the course, such as preventive strategies, social determinants of health, health disparities, health promotion, healthcare quality and costs, chronic care management, marketing concepts, etc.
  4. You may create a logic model or locate a template on the internet. There are a number of videos on the internet about this. Here is one that provides a brief introduction to program logic models (outcomes models).

Part 3: Logic Model Narrative (3-4 pages)

  1. Prepare a narrative that explains the logic model.
  2. Support the narrative with at least two peer-reviewed, scholarly articles.


  • The complete paper should consist of the data analysis, logic model, and logic model narrative for a total of six to eight pages, excluding the required title, Appendix, and reference pages.
  • You must include at least eight credible sources, five of which must be peer-reviewed, scholarly sources (you may not use the textbook as one of your scholarly sources). The CSU-Global Library is a good place to find your sources. (Be sure to reference your sources on a references page.)
  • Format your entire paper according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA.

Option #2: Identifying Challenges to a Population Health Approach

As the healthcare paradigm shifts from treating illness toward preventing illness, providers are challenged to adopt new models of care delivery and to embrace evolving concepts of value-driven reimbursement strategies. Moreover, healthcare providers must give increased attention to the need to improve healthcare in a manner that improves health outcomes across population groups and the entire nation as part of the population health approach. For example, data must be collected on the population and assessed to determine the effectiveness of different approaches.

Read the article The Challenges of Population Health Management for insight into some of the issues that providers face in making the shift toward population health management.

For this assignment, you are tasked with identifying the challenges to such an implementation, analyzing why these challenges exist, discovering research-based proposed solutions to these challenges, and debating the pros and cons of each of these solutions.

The assignment consists of three parts.

Part 1: Identify Challenges (2-3 pages)

  1. Identify five of the most significant challenges to implementing a population-health approach for improving health outcomes and promoting wellness in the United States.
  2. Each challenge should be a sub-heading in this part of the paper. Present the challenge, describe it, and provide some history or background, based on credible research sources. If you need writing assistance, see the Writing Center in the CSU-Global Library,

Part 2: Analysis of Challenges (3-4 pages)

  1. Explain each challenge you identified in Part I and provide a comprehensive discussion on why each has broad and far-reaching implications for improving the health of the U.S. population.
  2. Use data and scholarly research to support your thinking and bolster your discussion.

Part 3: Discover Proposed Solutions (3-4 pages)

  1. Discuss proposed solutions to each of your five identified challenges. These are to be solutions you have found in your research.
  2. Discuss the pros and cons of the solutions you have located. What are the arguments for and against these proposed solutions and by whom? This requires critical analysis. You will want to assess the solutions as well as their detractors and supporters and any possible biases in each. You will want to think through how solutions would be implemented, funded, supported, and received by various stakeholders, such as medical professionals, government, and the public.


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