Allocating Public Health Resources
Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Chapter 8 of your textbook.
Imagine that you are standing on the bank of a river and injured people start floating down the river towards you. There is no end to the floating people…they just keep coming and coming. You are alone, and you do not have cell service to phone for back up. What do you do? In your discussion post, discuss what type of assistance you would want to provide by completing the following:
- Explain where you think it would be best to focus your energy assisting (e.g., should you stay where you are and pull people out of the river, or should you go upstream to find out why injured people are ending up in the river?).
- Determine what proportion of assistance should go to aiding injured people versus preventing the cause of the injuries in the first place.
- Justify your reasoning for why you would allocate your resources that way. (There is no right or wrong answer to this; it is a matter of determining the priorities between treatment versus prevention.).
Your initial post must be at least 300 words in length. Include your course text and one additional scholarly resource to support your work. All citations and references must adhere to APA formatting standards (Links to an external site.).
First Guided Response Due on Day 5: Compare your response to that of your classmate. Assess how your classmate’s response would relate to public health issues more broadly. Determine whether your classmate’s justification for allocating resources is appropriate when considering public health issues more broadly. Pose at least one follow-up question to your classmate’s discussion response. Please make sure your questions are open-ended and not one-word response questions in order to enhance critical thinking skills. Respond to at least two of your classmates.
Second Guided Response Due on Day 7: You must respond to the questions posed to you by your classmates by Day 7 of the week.