When considering the organization of health services and public health systems and the services they provide, it is important to think about how the roles played by different players at different levels of government are integrated. Systems thinking tools are helpful to consider the various links, feedback loops, and decision points among health organizations (e.g., agencies, departments) from the national level to the local level in an effort to identify opportunities for improvement and to increase efficiency.
For this assignment, select a public health challenge (OBESITY)in your local community that is being addressed by efforts from federal, state, and local levels. Using your critical thinking skills, write an essay that addresses the components listed below.
a) Write an introduction that briefly explains the public health challenge that you selected.
b) Discuss the core roles and how the different health organizations at various levels of government work together to address this challenge.
c) Apply a systems thinking tool, such as a causal diagram or process map, to identify various factors that influence how public health interventions are addressing your elected issue. Explain how they are structured and organized.
d) Write a conclusion that highlights the key relationships among public health agencies at various government levels and how they effectively address the public health challenge that you are discussing.
Support your essay with a minimum of three references. Your essay should be a minimum of two pages in length, not counting the title or reference pages. Use APA formatting for your paper.