advocate interview

PLEASE GOOGLE A SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP AND CONTACT IN FLORIDA FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT

GRADING RUBRIC MUST BE FOLLOWED

Interview a special interest group representative or a legislator in your role as a Capella graduate student to gain a deeper understanding of how their office advocates for changes in health care policy. Prepare a 3–5-page interview report addressed to a work supervisor.

Questions to Consider:

Identify a health policy issue and the federal agency that developed the rules for implementation.

  • What process was used to implement the policy?
  • How were the states involved in implementation?
  • Were advocate groups involved in designing the rules and process of implementation? If so, what mechanisms did the groups use to influence the process?

The role of the advocate:

  • What is the role of organization’s mission and membership in determining a policy making agenda?
  • What influence does an advocacy organization bring to bear during and immediately after implementation of a new policy?

The legislative process:

  • What is the legislative process required for your health care issue to become policy?
  • Which type of legislator is most likely to support your issue (senator or representative)?
  • What committee of the appropriate legislative body (United States House of Representatives or the Senate) would address your proposed policy and what is the estimated timeline?
  • How is policy implemented after legislation has become law?

***This is a four-step assessment***:

  • Interview Preparation.
  • The Advocate Interview.
  • Post Interview Analysis.
  • Final Report.

The Final Report is the assessment deliverable and the end product of your research, time, insights, and ideas. In this assessment, you will integrate what you learn in the field into the context of a workplace scenario:

  • Your work supervisor has asked you to integrate the information you learned as a result of a field interview and connect what you learned to the organization’s mission and membership in determining the agenda.

Purpose

The reason you are conducting the advocate interview is to learn more about health policy development related to your specific interest.

In this advocate interview, you hope to be able to identify the following:

  • Identification of the appropriate organization or advocate to glean information from related to your specific interest.
  • The process used in setting the legislative agenda.
  • The strategies employed to influence the legislative development process.
  • Examples of application of the legislative process in formulating health policy.

Instructions

Step One: Preparation

You are required to come to the interview prepared. Refer to the Interview Preparation document linked in Resources.

  • Media activity: Complete the media activity Vila Health: Advocate Interview before conducting your interview. The media provides a “dry run” through an advocate interview process.
  • Advocate selection: Use the Internet to identify potential real-world candidates related to your selected health policy initiative.
    • Schedule Interview: Identify several potential health care advocates to interview about a proposed health care policy issue and schedule at least one interview.
  • Preparation and prioritization of questions:
    • Select questions from the sample list (found in the Interview Preparation document). Add your own questions as needed.
    • Prioritize your questions in case you run out of time at the interview.
Step Two: The Interview

Follow these steps at the interview:

  • Introduce yourself. In your introduction, provide a brief explanation regarding your role as a learner at Capella University and this interview as part of a course on health policy development.
  • Keep the purpose of this advocate interview in mind. The interview is conducted to identify:
    • The appropriate organization or advocate to glean information from.
    • The process used in setting the legislative agenda.
    • The strategies employed to influence the legislative development process.
    • Examples of application of the legislative process in formulating health policy.

Ask questions … and take good notes!

Step Three: Post Interview Analysis

Use the pre-writing strategy to analyze what you learned in your interview. Address the following:

  • Describe the process the organization uses to determine its legislative agenda.
  • Analyze the strategies the organization employs to influence legislative development.
  • Analyze the methods used to engage stakeholders in the legislative agenda.
  • Evaluate the organization’s use of the legislative process in formulating health policy.
    • Note: Consult the literature to determine if there are better alternatives to achieve a more efficacious legislative process.

After you have organized your thoughts on paper, proceed to the final step.

Step Four: Final Report

In your final report, provide a brief overview of the legislative process required for your health care issue to become policy, the type of legislator (senator or representative) who is most likely to support your issue, the committee of the appropriate legislative body (United States House of Representatives or the Senate) that will address your proposed policy, and a discussion of the estimated timeline.

Use information from your interview to complete this assessment. For your final report, include the following sections:

  • A brief overview of your selected health care policy issue.
  • The list of potential interview subjects and a rationale for how you selected your interviewee.
  • The name of the person you interviewed, his or her professional position, and the special interest group for which he or she is being interviewed.
    • If interviewing a legislator or designee, identify the electoral district represented.
  • Questions and responses.
  • Summary of your analysis of the interview.
  • A synthesis of best-practice strategies the organization could use to achieve sustained support of the proposed legislative agenda.
  • RESOURCES:
  • Longest, B. B., Jr. (2016). Health policymaking in the United States (6th ed.). Chicago, IL: Health Administration Press. Available from the Bookstore.
    • Chapter 7, “Policy Implementation and Implementing Organizations,” pages 195–216.
    • Chapter 8, “Policy Implementation Activities: Designing, Rulemaking, Operating, and Evaluating,” pages 219–254.

Suggested Resources for Further Exploration

You may use the following optional resources to further explore topics related to competencies.

  • Brown, L. D. (2012). The fox and the grapes: Is real reform beyond reach in the United States? Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, 37(4), 587–609.
  • Keller, A. C., & Packel, L. (2014). Going for the cure: Patient interest groups and health advocacy in the United States. Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, 39(2), 331–367.
  • Kerr, E. A., Riba, M., & Udow-Phillips, M. (2015). Helping health service researchers and policy makers speak the same language. Health Services Research, 50(1), 1–11.
  • American Hospital Association. (2015). Health care systems. Retrieved fromhttps://www.aha.org/advocacy/health-care-systems
  • Bakk, L., & Sosulski, M. R. (2012). A social justice perspective on Medicare Part D in an age of reform: Critical implications of trends in health care policy and advocacy. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 39(3), 29–45. Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol39/iss3/3/
  • CARE International. (n.d.). Southern voices advocacy toolkit. Retrieved from http://careclimatechange.org/toolkits/advocacytool…
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (2014). Subcommittee hearing: Access and cost: What the US health care system can learn from other countries. Retrieved from http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/access-and-cos…

 

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