Assignment 2: LASA—Application of Biostatistics Concepts in Case Studies

A local government official, who happens to be up for reelection, has hired you to analyze the data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) surveys and develop a public health intervention plan based on the information.

The BRFSS is an ongoing telephone health survey system. It has been tracking health conditions and risk behaviors in the United States yearly since 1984. Data are collected monthly in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Guam. For this assignment, you need to do the following:

Part 1: Analyze the Data         

  1. View this link: http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/state_info/coordinators.htm
  2. Select your criteria for any state statistical areas, for any year 2002 to 2011, and pick a category.
  3. Click a subcategory (if offered) to retrieve the necessary data.
  4. In a detailed report, analyze the data by completing the following:
    • Summarize what data was collected, the method of collection, and the basic findings from the data.
    • Evaluate the data’s validity, quality, and reliability.
    • Identify and discuss strengths and weaknesses within the data.
    • Based on the data, develop a hypothesis about a public health problem that could be tested with a study.
    • Recommend one other form of data that should be collected in order to enhance the study.
    • Develop a study design to best collect your recommended data.
    • Identify the resources you would need to collect the data, including the people you would need to work with.
    • Identify and justify an appropriate method to display the findings.

Part 2: Public Health Intervention Plan

Based on your analysis of the provided data, create a public health intervention plan by completing the following:

  • Describe your chosen population and the health issue you are addressing.
  • Provide 2–3 specific, actionable recommendations to help improve health for your specific population and issue.
  • To whom would you present the results to achieve the desired outcomes?

Write an 8–12-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M5_A2.doc

By Monday, October 2, 2017, deliver your assignment to the M5: Assignment 2 LASA Dropbox.

Grading Criteria

Assignment ComponentsProficientMaximum Points

Summarize what data were collected, the method of collection, and the basic findings from the data.

Summary of the data and its method of collection is clear, complete, and accurate. Specific data points are used to highlight the metropolitan/micropolitan area, year, and categories of the research. Basic findings are clear and accurate, applying course content and skills to accurately generalize the data provided.32

Evaluate the data’s validity, quality, and reliability.

Evaluation of the data’s validity, quality, and reliability is clear and accurate. Specific data from the research and evidence from scholarly sources is used to justify answers.28

Identify and discuss strengths and weaknesses within the data.

Strengths and weaknesses identified are accurate, obvious, and specific. They represent all key strengths and weaknesses important to consider in this research analysis. Explanation uses specifics from the scenario as examples and applies content and concepts from the course. Scholarly resources are utilized in support.28

Develop a hypothesis about a public health problem that could be tested with a study.

Hypothesis developed is clear, specific, and appropriate to test through a public health study. It is likely that testing the hypothesis will generate new information related to the chosen public health problem. Hypothesis is unique from the study researched.24

Recommend one other form of data that should be collected in order to enhance the study.

Recommendation is clear, specific, and appropriate to collect data. Scholarly research is used in support.16

Identify the resources you would need to collect the data, including the people you would need for assistance.

Resources identified are appropriate and carefully selected to gather academic data. They represent all human and material resources needed to complete the study.24

Identify and justify an appropriate method to display the findings.

Method identified to display the findings is appropriate, organized, and clear. A complete justification is included as to why the method was chosen.20

Describe your chosen population and the health issue you are addressing.

Description of the chosen population is specific, organized, and complete. The health issue addressed is appropriate for the given population.24

Provide 2–3 specific, actionable recommendations to help improve health for your specific population and issue.

Two to three recommendations are made. Recommendations are appropriate, clear and specific. A justification as to why the recommendations are being made is included. The recommendations can be implemented to improve a specific health issue for targeted population.32

Writing Components

Organization
Write with clear organization, including introduction, thesis/main idea, transitions, and conclusion.

Introduction has a clear opening, provides background information, and states the topic. The assignment (e.g., report, presentation) is organized around an arguable stated thesis or main idea. Transitions are appropriate and help the flow of ideas. Conclusion summarizes main argument and has a clear ending. Writing generally provides a consistent coherency among ideas.16

Usage and Mechanics
Write using proper grammar, spelling, usage, and mechanics to provide smooth readability.

Writing follows conventions of spelling and grammar throughout. Writing skills are competent. Good command of language. Bullet points and/or sentence structures are accurate. Capitalization, punctuation, and indentation reasonably well followed. Spelling errors are very few. All errors are infrequent and do not interfere with readability or comprehension.20

APA Elements
Include proper attribution, paraphrasing, and quotations of all sources.

Using APA format, accurately paraphrased, quoted, and cited throughout the presentation when appropriate or called for. Only a few minor errors present.20

Audience and Communication
Write specifically to key audience, using terminology and tone appropriate for the audience.

Writing is focused. Tone is adequately formal in keeping with the audience.16Total:300

Grading Rubric

This assignment is worth 300 points and will be graded using a rubric. Click here to download and read the rubric to understand the expectations.

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Assignment 2: LASA—Application of Biostatistics Concepts in Case Studies

A local government official, who happens to be up for reelection, has hired you to analyze the data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) surveys and develop a public health intervention plan based on the information.

The BRFSS is an ongoing telephone health survey system. It has been tracking health conditions and risk behaviors in the United States yearly since 1984. Data are collected monthly in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Guam. For this assignment, you need to do the following:

Part 1: Analyze the Data          

  1. View this link: http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/state_info/coordinators.htm
  2. Select your criteria for any state statistical areas, for any year 2002 to 2011, and pick a category.
  3. Click a subcategory (if offered) to retrieve the necessary data.
  4. In a detailed report, analyze the data by completing the following:
    • Summarize what data was collected, the method of collection, and the basic findings from the data.
    • Evaluate the data’s validity, quality, and reliability.
    • Identify and discuss strengths and weaknesses within the data.
    • Based on the data, develop a hypothesis about a public health problem that could be tested with a study.
    • Recommend one other form of data that should be collected in order to enhance the study.
    • Develop a study design to best collect your recommended data.
    • Identify the resources you would need to collect the data, including the people you would need to work with.
    • Identify and justify an appropriate method to display the findings.

Part 2: Public Health Intervention Plan

Based on your analysis of the provided data, create a public health intervention plan by completing the following:

  • Describe your chosen population and the health issue you are addressing.
  • Provide 2–3 specific, actionable recommendations to help improve health for your specific population and issue.
  • To whom would you present the results to achieve the desired outcomes?

Write an 8–12-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M5_A2.doc

By Monday, April 24, 2017, deliver your assignment to the M5: Assignment 2 LASA Dropbox.

Grading Criteria

Assignment Components

Proficient
Maximum Points

Summarize what data were collected, the method of collection, and the basic findings from the data.

Summary of the data and its method of collection is clear, complete, and accurate. Specific data points are used to highlight the metropolitan/micropolitan area, year, and categories of the research. Basic findings are clear and accurate, applying course content and skills to accurately generalize the data provided.

32

Evaluate the data’s validity, quality, and reliability.

Evaluation of the data’s validity, quality, and reliability is clear and accurate. Specific data from the research and evidence from scholarly sources is used to justify answers.

28

Identify and discuss strengths and weaknesses within the data.

Strengths and weaknesses identified are accurate, obvious, and specific. They represent all key strengths and weaknesses important to consider in this research analysis. Explanation uses specifics from the scenario as examples and applies content and concepts from the course. Scholarly resources are utilized in support.

28

Develop a hypothesis about a public health problem that could be tested with a study.

Hypothesis developed is clear, specific, and appropriate to test through a public health study. It is likely that testing the hypothesis will generate new information related to the chosen public health problem. Hypothesis is unique from the study researched.

24

Recommend one other form of data that should be collected in order to enhance the study.

Recommendation is clear, specific, and appropriate to collect data. Scholarly research is used in support.

16

Identify the resources you would need to collect the data, including the people you would need for assistance.

Resources identified are appropriate and carefully selected to gather academic data. They represent all human and material resources needed to complete the study.

24

Identify and justify an appropriate method to display the findings.

Method identified to display the findings is appropriate, organized, and clear. A complete justification is included as to why the method was chosen.

20

Describe your chosen population and the health issue you are addressing.

Description of the chosen population is specific, organized, and complete. The health issue addressed is appropriate for the given population.

24

Provide 2–3 specific, actionable recommendations to help improve health for your specific population and issue.

Two to three recommendations are made. Recommendations are appropriate, clear and specific. A justification as to why the recommendations are being made is included. The recommendations can be implemented to improve a specific health issue for targeted population.

32

Writing Components

 

Organization

Write with clear organization, including introduction, thesis/main idea, transitions, and conclusion.

Introduction has a clear opening, provides background information, and states the topic. The assignment (e.g., report, presentation) is organized around an arguable stated thesis or main idea. Transitions are appropriate and help the flow of ideas. Conclusion summarizes main argument and has a clear ending. Writing generally provides a consistent coherency among ideas.

16

Usage and Mechanics

Write using proper grammar, spelling, usage, and mechanics to provide smooth readability.

Writing follows conventions of spelling and grammar throughout. Writing skills are competent. Good command of language. Bullet points and/or sentence structures are accurate. Capitalization, punctuation, and indentation reasonably well followed. Spelling errors are very few. All errors are infrequent and do not interfere with readability or comprehension.

20

APA Elements

Include proper attribution, paraphrasing, and quotations of all sources.

Using APA format, accurately paraphrased, quoted, and cited throughout the presentation when appropriate or called for. Only a few minor errors present.

20

Audience and Communication

Write specifically to key audience, using terminology and tone appropriate for the audience.

Writing is focused. Tone is adequately formal in keeping with the audience.

16

Total:

300