Initial Post:
In this discussion, introduce yourself to your classmates. Share your major and then briefly discuss your healthcare background, interest in the course topic, and how the topic applies to your career or desired career.

Additionally, choose an article from the Kaiser Family Foundation website that interests you personally or relates to your career in healthcare. In your post, briefly explain what the article is, why it interests you, or why it is important to the field of healthcare.

Tip for locating an article: When you reach the home page of the Kaiser Family Foundation website, there will be a list of various topics in colorful boxes. Select one of the boxes to learn more about the topic, and then select a specific resource on which to base your discussion post. You may also select Menu from the top left side of the webpage and select from the list of topics.

Response Posts:
In your response posts to your peers, discuss how your healthcare background relates to theirs. Also, identify another reason the topic they wrote about is important to healthcare. Identify additional information related to the topic that you find relevant, or that you have researched further. Also consider how the topic relates to your specific degree program or professional career.

Undergraduate Discussion Rubric

Overview

Your active participation in the discussions is essential to your overall success this term. Discussion questions will help you make meaningful connections between the course content and the larger concepts of the course. These discussions give you a chance to express your own thoughts, ask questions, and gain insight from your peers and instructor.

Directions

For each discussion, you must create one initial post and follow up with at least two response posts. For your initial post, do the following:

 Write a post of 1 to 2 paragraphs.

 In Module One, complete your initial post by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

 In Modules Two through Eight, complete your initial post by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. of your local time zone.

 Consider content from other parts of the course where appropriate. Use proper citation methods for your discipline when referencing scholarly or popular sources.

For your response posts, do the following:

 Reply to at least two classmates outside of your own initial post thread.

 In Module One, complete your two response posts by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

 In Modules Two through Eight, complete your two response posts by Sunday at 11:59 p.m. of your local time zone.

 Demonstrate more depth and thought than saying things like “I agree” or “You are wrong.” Guidance is provided for you in the discussion prompt.

Rubric

Critical Elements Exemplary Proficient Needs Improvement Not Evident Value

Comprehension Develops an initial post with an organized, clear point of view or idea using rich and significant detail (100%)

Develops an initial post with a point of view or idea using adequate organization and detail (85%)

Develops an initial post with a point of view or idea but with some gaps in organization and detail (55%)

Does not develop an initial post with an organized point of view or idea (0%)

40

Timeliness N/A Submits initial post on time (100%)

Submits initial post one day late (55%)

Submits initial post two or more days late (0%)

10

Engagement Provides relevant and meaningful response posts with clarifying explanation and detail (100%)

Provides relevant response posts with some explanation and detail (85%)

Provides somewhat relevant response posts with some explanation and detail (55%)

Provides response posts that are generic with little explanation or detail (0%)

30

 

 

 

Critical Elements Exemplary Proficient Needs Improvement Not Evident Value

Writing (Mechanics)

Writes posts that are easily understood, clear, and concise using proper citation methods where applicable with no errors in citations (100%)

Writes posts that are easily understood using proper citation methods where applicable with few errors in citations (85%)

Writes posts that are understandable using proper citation methods where applicable with a number of errors in citations (55%)

Writes posts that others are not able to understand and does not use proper citation methods where applicable (0%)

20

Total 100%

Initial Post:

In this discussion, introduce yourself to your classmates. Share your major and then briefly discuss your healthcare background, interest in the course topic, and how the topic applies to your career or desired career.

Additionally, choose an article from the Kaiser Family Foundation website that interests you personally or relates to your career in healthcare. In your post, briefly explain what the article is, why it interests you, or why it is important to the field of healthcare.

Tip for locating an article: When you reach the home page of the Kaiser Family Foundation website, there will be a list of various topics in colorful boxes. Select one of the boxes to learn more about the topic, and then select a specific resource on which to base your discussion post. You may also select Menu from the top left side of the webpage and select from the list of topics.

 

Response Posts:

In your response posts to your peers, discuss how your healthcare background relates to theirs. Also, identify another reason the topic they wrote about is important to healthcare. Identify additional information related to the topic that you find relevant, or that you have researched further. Also consider how the topic relates to your specific degree program or professional career.

 

Classmate #1:

Hi class my name is Sarah. I am 29 year old from New Jersey. I am a recent first time homeowner with my boyfriend who is in law enforcement, our puppy Maggie and our three cats. This is my second year here at SNHU working towards my Bachelors of Science in Health Care Administration. I’ve been working in health care for the past 7 years. First started as a Certified Medical Assistant in family medicine and then transfer to non operative orthopedics sports medicine. I than switch to where I am now working as a spinal surgical assistant and surgical office coordinator.

The article that I have chosen from the Kaiser Family Foundation website is “Gaps in Cost Sharing Protections for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment Could Spark Public Concerns About COVID-19 Vaccine Costs”. I chose this article because COVID-19 is the most talked about topic when it comes to health care right now. This pandemic changed everything about my job and any potential career I may have in the future in health care. This article struck my interest because while working in health care at the start of the pandemic we had to learn a new set of rule and regulations when it came to what insurances will be coving during a global pandemic. For example some insurance companies were not coving virtual telemedicine visits for non participating (out of network) providers. This article was highly informative on the insurance side of the COVID-19 vaccine. Right now I feel as if most people are concerned of the vaccine is safe to get but the next question is if insurance companies, Medicare, Medicaid and private insurances will be covering the cost or will there be gaps in coverage or any patient responsibility for the vaccine. I think it is important for anyone considering getting the vaccine to look into their insurance company and plan to determine their benefits on the COVID-19 vaccine before getting themselves into a financial bind they were not prepared for.

Classmate #2:

Hello Professor, and fellow classmates, my name is Ramiro and I am 33 years old. I was born and raised in small town, population of about 21,000, in West Texas. I am currently a Licensed Optician, where I do some eyeglass and contact lens sales and dispensing, but mostly I handle the the laboratory work like checking the prescriptions and insurance paperwork. I have been in the Optical field for 13 years now, but have recently got the opportunity to be on a special team of Enrollment Specialists at the corporate level and I am excited for my new journey and how it will help gain knowledge and experience towards my degree in Health and Wellness Administration with a minor in Health Information Systems. This course in Healthcare Delivery Systems will be greatly beneficial to not advancing towards my degree but it will also provide me with the necessary tools to better assist patients in my daily work as well as communicating with Health Providers in my new role at my company.

 

The article that I have chosen from the Kaiser Family Foundation was titled, “Health Officials Fear Pandemic Related Suicide Spike Among Native Youth”. This article begins with the story of a young Native American girl who has committed suicide after a previously failed attempt, and up until her suicide, seemed to be coping fine. Her mother and local officials, like with most Native Americans have relied on their culture for support rather than from outside entities, like the government. I was interested in this article because of the social stigma that still surrounds mental health. Also how sometimes mental health diseases are considered less serious because they are sometimes no obvious physical symptoms like that of a cancer patient. The Native American aspect also interested my because Native Reservations already struggle with high rates of substance abuse, limited healthcare access, and overcrowding in their homes. Adding a pandemic to all of this means Native Youth are affected more because recreational programs and limited counseling services are being cancelled. These things are important for healthcare because too often impoverished minority communities, like Native American Youth, are left behind due to poor internet access and underfunded government aid. Having a better understanding of Healthcare systems might allow me someday to assist with the planning of how to lower the rates of suicides in Native American Youth, and to me that would make all the difference.

 
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