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1) Review your state (TEXAS) initiatives in support of health equity. Has this impacted or not yet reached your clinical facility? https://www.astho.org/Health-Equity/State-Initiatives-Map/
2) If you are still having troubles nailing down a current health policy topic, think about the top 8 national practice problems. Of the known national practice problems—obesity; diabetes; heart disease; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (or COPD); mental illness; cancer; addiction: alcohol, opioid; and patient safety regarding falls, pressure ulcers, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), and medication errors—what is the real impact on your community?
Have you visited the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ, 2018) website? There is a section on the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports (NHQDR) that will allow you to search from a state level. Follow this website: https://nhqrnet.ahrq.gov/inhqrdr/National/benchmark/summary/All_Measures/All_Topics
It may lead to some startling findings and some potential areas to review within your facility to compare to potential practice problems later in the program. For instance, I searched Arizona and reviewed the snapshot of the state. Mental health and substance abuse benchmarks were shocking! We have some work to do as a state! The same with patient safety! This data could easily be linked to one of the big 8 national problems and of concern at your clinical site.
Find your state (TEXAS) and click on the state snapshot. How does your state rate according to a specific practice problem?
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (AHRQ, 2018). National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. Retrieved from https://nhqrnet.ahrq.gov/inhqrdr/National/benchmark/summary/All_Measures/All_Topics