an overview of the importance of policy and our obligation to understand how we can create better healthcare outcomes for people

The required reading for this module provides an overview of the importance of policy and our obligation to understand how we can create better healthcare outcomes for people. 
Identifying areas that affect people’s health outcomes based on situations and circumstances that create opportunities for change. As we look around our environments and interact with clients in healthcare settings there are circumstances that could be managed better.  
Topics that affect physical and/or emotional health are:
Smoking/vaping
Cash Bail Bonds
Reproductive health  
Access to healthcare 
Access to healthy food/Food insecurities 
Transparency in healthcare costs
Penalties for violent crimes
Medical research 
Immigration
Border Crossings
Think about these types of topics are you read the chapters. 
After you have read the required chapters from Patton and Nickitas, you will discuss your understanding of policy. 
Directions to obtain full credit for this assignment:
1. Complete the reading assignment
Here is a preview of what you can expect within the assigned chapters (Patton, Chapters 2-6)

Advocating for healthcare – When you consider healthcare, are there times when you are mad or discouraged about how things are done? This is an opportunity for you to speak up for that person or people who are in the same situation as that person.
Navigating the political system – There are various levels of policymaking that take place. Each level will determine the population that is affected and the language that is used to describe the policy (expectations to guide the outcome).
Identifying the problems is a great way to begin looking at things that you wish you could change. Understanding how policy is made can empower you to create or amend policies that need to be updated to suit today’s culture. 
Amending or creating policy requires research to justify a problem or issue so that you are speaking as an authority. Research is also necessary to create solutions to the policy and its implementation. 
Setting the agenda requires you to come up with a solution to the subject matter you believe needs to be addressed.