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Is the EU Closing the Gap on Health Inequities?

Is the EU Closing the Gap on Health Inequities?

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DISCUSSION WEEK 8
Is the EU Closing the Gap on Health Inequities?

The World Health Organization and European Union (EU) DETERMINE Consortium has acknowledged gaps in health equities within and between member countries. A variety of efforts are underway to help close those gaps.

To prepare for this Discussion, review your Learning Resources, particularly the readings from the DETERMINE Consortium and European Commission and the National Social Marketing Centre video programs. Select two EU countries on which to focus. Look at efforts in those countries designed to reduce health inequities and inequality and examine appropriate outcomes for those efforts. Evaluate the performance of the health systems in those countries as reflected in population health data for each of the countries. Be sure to access the CIA country profiles (found within the CIA World Factbook) and WHO websites provided earlier for the most current resources.

NOTE: WHEN ANSWERING THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS USE THE DISCUSSION RUBRIC:

I. Paper must demonstrates an excellent understanding of all of the concepts and key points presented in the text(s).
II. Paper should provided significant detail including multiple relevant examples, evidence from the readings and other scholarly sources, and discerning ideas.
III. Paper must demonstrate well organized, use scholarly tone, contain original writing and proper paraphrasing, follow APA style, contain very few or no writing and/or spelling errors, and are fully consistent with graduate-level writing style.

NOTE: ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS BELOW USING THE ABOVE DISCUSSION RUBRIC:

1. A brief comparison of the health status of the two EU countries you selected with that of the U.S.

2. Describe two efforts in those EU countries to reduce health inequities. Explain what lessons can be learned from the EU efforts you selected that can be implemented in the U.S. nationally or by individual states.

3. Explain how the community you live in might adapt these interventions. Expand on your insights utilizing the Learning Resources. Use APA formatting for your Discussion and to cite your resources.
NOTE: USE THE FOR FOLLOWING RESOURCE ARTICLES LISTED HERE:

• Gele, A. A., & Harsløf, I. (2010). Types of social capital resources and self-rated health among the Norwegian adult population. International Journal for Equity in Health, 9, 8–16.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

• Commission of the European Communities. (2007). Together for health: A strategic approach for the EU 2008-2013 [White paper]. Retrieved from http://ec.europa.eu/health-eu/doc/whitepaper_en.pdf

• Health 2020: the European policy for health and well-being. (n.d.). Retrieved January 16, 2015, from http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-policy/health-2020-the-european-policy-for-health-and-well-being
• European Commission. (2006). Tackling health inequalities in the EU: The contributions of Various EU-level actors. Retrieved from http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_projects/2003/action3/docs/2003_3_15_rep2_en.pdf
Read pages 1–17.

• Stegeman, I., Costongs, C., Needle C., & DETERMINE Consortium. (2010). The story of DETERMINE: Mobilising action for health equity in the EU—Final report of the DETERMINE consortium. Brussels: EuroHealthNet. Retrieved from http://eurohealthnet.eu/sites/eurohealthnet.eu/files/publications/DETERMINE-Final-Publication-Story.pdf

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