The federal government developed Healthy People as a set of national health objectives that are periodically evaluated to measure progress in the nation’s health goals and healthcare services. HP 2020 has a renewed focus on identifying, measuring, tracking, and reducing health disparities through a determinants-of-health approach.
This week, please briefly discuss a Healthy People 2020 objective under the topic area of your choice. Go to www.healthypeople.gov and select any one of the objectives under the topic area of your interest. Using the local, national, or international news, describe actions you, as a community health nurse, could take in formulating policy changes to help promote the objective you have selected. Cite references to support your views. One of healthy people 2020 topic areas is sleep health. I chose the objective to increase the proportion of students in grades 9 through 12 who get sufficient sleep. As it states in our lesson, “Community nurses are guided by the three core functions of public health. They are assessment, assurance, and policy development” (CCN, 2014). As a community health nurse, I would have to first assess the data which is that in 2011 31.4 percent of students got sufficient sleep of 8 hours or more. Adequate sleep is necessary to fight off infection, support the metabolism of sugar to prevent diabetes, perform well in school, and work effectively and safely (Healthy People 2020, 2014). After we had reviewed the literature and evaluated what has been working in other school systems, then we would discuss the problem and possible solutions with the school parent organizations. Working with the school board, parents, and teachers we would develop policies that would encourage schools to change early start time, encourage parents to establish rules, limit technology, and set a good example for children (National Sleep Foundation, 2014). We would set up programs to educate parents and teenagers on what needs to be done...
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