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Prior to completing this discussion, take a look at the website, 
America’s Health Rankings (Links to an external site.)
 and the Commonwealth Funds state wide database, 
2018 Scorecard on State Health System Performance (Links to an external site.)
. Also, look at the 
Healthy People 2020 (Links to an external site.)
 web page.

In the past weeks, you have examined and explored the challenges and issues facing delivery of public health services in a given community and across the nation. The goal of public health is to prevent disease and promote health. To that end, take a moment to review your own community’s health needs through a purview of current events, your own community, town, or setting, by informally interviewing public health professionals, or reviewing the following national databases:

·
America’s Health Rankings (Links to an external site.)

·
2018 Scorecard on State Health System Performance (Links to an external site.)

For this discussion, please complete the following:

· Describe a significant health issue in your community or state.

· Compare its significance to the national priorities of 
Healthy People 2020 (Links to an external site.)
 goals (is it a national priority or just one found in your state or community).

· Explain what type of effort it will take to fully address the issue (e.g., leadership skills, financing, organizational buy-in, stakeholders, perceptions, barriers, etc.)

· Evaluate the efforts you can take to address this issue. As a public health practitioner, consider what your role might be, such as:

· Will you develop, lead or be part of a public health program to address the issue?

· Will you work on financing, organizational buy-in, or stakeholders?

· What are you going to do to address this concern?

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.)
.

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