Research societal trends that impact public health policy.

To prepare for this Discussion:

Review the Berman and Blacksher articles, as well as the following websites: Act Up, American Cancer Society, Food Politics, Gasland,, and Partners in Health. Reflect on how societal trends influence health policy and advocacy work.
• View the media “Priorities and Resources in Public Health.”
• Research societal trends that impact public health policy. Consider a range of public health policies such as environmental, health care, food, etc.

• Select a trend that you think has the greatest impact on public health policy.

With these thoughts in mind:

1.Post a description of your selected societal trend.

2.Then, explain the impact of the trend on public health policy.

3. Explain how public health policy impacted by this societal trend might influence positive social change.
Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific

• Berman, M. L. (2011). From health care reform to public health reform. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 39(3), 328–339.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
Hastings Center Report, 38(3), 13–16.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
• Vernick, J. S. (1999). Lobbying and advocacy for the public’s health: What are the limits for nonprofit organizations? American Journal of Public Health, 89(9), 1425–1430.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
• ACT UP. (n.d.). AIDS coalition to unleash power. Retrieved April 27, 2012 from
• American Cancer Society. (2012). Retrieved from
• Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2012). Priorities and resources in public health. Baltimore, MD: Author.
“Priorities and Resources in Public Health” Transcript

Optional Resources
• Marsa, L. (2011). Fracking nation. Discover, 32(4), 62–70.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
• Hungry for Change. (n.d.) Food, Inc. Retrieved from
• Food Politics. (n.d.). Retrieved on April 27, 2012, from
• Gasland. (n.d.). Hydraulic fracturing FAQs. Retrieved from
• (2012). The health care law & you. Retrieved from
• Partners in Health. (n.d.). Retrieved on April 27, 2012, from
• U.S. House of Representatives (2010). Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Retrieved from

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