Illinois Public Health Department

Illinois Public Health Department

Suppose your first job is an intern on the staff of the DeKalb County, Illinois Public Health Department. You have been assigned to do a Needs Assessment with regard to a proposed flu vaccine initiative in this community targeted on a new strain of flu which is likely to hit the County very hard in the coming calendar year. Your boss has told you that she expects you to come up with strong data which would support this Health Department’s priority. You have 8 months to complete the task. You are doing this yourself, with no assistance.Answer the following questions regarding the Needs Assessment you have been assigned to complete.

  • What methodologies would you use, and what steps would you take to accomplish your goal?
  • What kinds of data would you collect, and where would you go to find it?
  • Who would your likely demographic target populations be, and why?

2.PHHE 467 has emphasized the need to use evaluation techniques which yield valid andreliable data.If you were conducting a survey of DeKalb County, what kinds of issues wouldyou have to consider in the process of survey selection, creating a survey, survey data collection, types of surveys, and cultural and diversity influences?How would each of these issues relate to reliability and validity concerns?

3.Joel Cowen’s classic Mental Health Needs Assessment (2009) features four types of needs assessment tools. Briefly describe each kind of assessment and explain why each type of assessment is useful in determining the unmet needs of a community. (Hint: Each of the four assessment tools (techniques) samples a different perspective [examples: field professionals, health services providers, prospective services clientele]). What perspective does each assessment tool reflect? Why is it important to use multiple kinds of needs assessment tools in gauging the needs of a population?What is meant by the phrase “Weight of the evidence”?How is this concept important to the art of crafting a valid and reliable needs assessment?

4. Define and explore the positives and negatives of the four kinds of cost analysis (cost benefit, cost effectiveness, cost utility and cost feasibility). How is each kind of cost analysis generally used in local program planning? How is each one particularly useful?How is each one limited in what it does for us as project evaluators and planners?

Part 2 — Essays

  • You must answer all four questions in order to qualify for the full number of points (40).
  • Each essay must be at least one double-spaced page in length.
  • “Essay form” means NO Bullet points, lists of items, abbreviations, or short answer responses.
  • You may not use numbers (e.g. 1,2,3) or letters (e.g. a.b.c.) to designate your answer.
  • Good grammar and correct spelling is required.
  • Reply in full sentences only.
  • Papers with more than 21% matching in SafeAssign will be subject to grading at the Instructor’s discretion. Maximum matching is 21% with or without in-text citations and a References page.
  • Don’t repeat the question in your answer, as it will only add to the SafeAssign “matching” total.
  • Combine ALL your answers in one WORD document and upload using the appropriate tab on your course menu.
  • This is NOT a Team effort—each student is expected to do their own work.
  • You are required to have a “References” page as your last page.
    • If you quote or paraphrase your text, you are expected to cite it!
    • Use APA, MLA or Turabian to cite all sources. See Purdue OWL online if you’re not sure.

**All directions provided for the Midterm Essays also apply for the Final Exam Essays.**

Your answers need to reflect what you’ve learned this semester in this class (general class discussion, work on your Team Projects, text).You may want to consult Chapters 7-13 in your text and Joel Cowen’s Mental Health Study (see “Course Information”) for assistance in preparing for the following essays:

5 days ago


I have attached the two attachments, this should help with question three. Also please use the book Principles of Evaluation and Research for Health Care Programs Perrin, Karen Marie. If you need any help or have any questions do not hesitate to ask.

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The most appropriate data collection methods, in this case, would involve a sampled survey. In this methodology, the first step would involve mapping out the various regions in which the governments have made use of the drug, and randomly selecting…
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