NURS-FPX6218 Assessment 3 Planning for Community and Organizational Change
NURS-FPX6218 Assessment 3 Planning for Community and Organizational Change
NURS-FPX6218A3Instructions
Planning for Community and Organizational Change
Draft a 3-5 page change proposal to executive leaders, soliciting their support for a change to the health care system in the community you selected in the previous assessment.
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Introduction
To improve health care outcomes within a community, leaders must understand the needs of specific populations. In addition, it is important that leaders are able to gather and present persuasive evidence to decision makers to obtain the necessary funding and establish these needs as priorities for budget and resource planning. Thus, proposed changes should support improved outcomes and align with the current or needed health care policy.
This assessment provides an opportunity to propose a community health care change that is based on the community health assessment you completed in Assessment 2.
NURS-FPX6218 Assessment 3 Planning for Community and Organizational Change Preparation
Your community health assessment was well received by the executives at Vila Health. Consequently, they have asked you to recommend a change in the community that will improve health outcomes. They have also asked you to submit your recommendation in a formal change proposal. You are confident that you can present a strong case for change, including a financial plan, that will ensure the success of this initiative.
In this assessment, you will draft a change proposal to executive leaders to solicit support for a change to the current community health care system. To prepare for the assessment, you are encouraged to begin thinking about your justification for establishing the recommended change as a priority, a strategy for leading change, and how the change will be funded. In addition, you may wish to:

Note: Remember that you can submit all or a portion of your draft change proposal to Smarthinking Tutoring for feedback before you submit the final version for this assessment. If you plan on using this free service, be mindful of the turnaround time of 24–48 hours for receiving feedback.
The following resource is required to complete the assessment.

Vila Health is a virtual environment that simulates a real-world health care system. In the various Vila Health scenarios, you will apply professional strategies, practice skills, and build competencies that you can apply to your coursework and in your career. The information you gather in this scenario will help you to complete the assessment.
TEMPLATES
Use this template for your change proposal.

NURS-FPX6218 Assessment 3 Planning for Community and Organizational Change Requirements
Complete this assessment in two steps:

If you have not already done so, complete the Vila Health: Planning for Change simulation.
Draft a change proposal to justify your recommendation for improving the health of the community and establish the change as a priority for the next budget cycle. Consider the feasibility of your proposed change, in terms of overall scope, funding, and timeframe.

The change proposal requirements outlined below, correspond to the grading criteria in the scoring guide, so be sure to address each point. Read the performance-level descriptions for each criterion to see how your work will be assessed. The Guiding Questions: Planning for Community and Organizational Change document provides additional considerations that may be helpful in completing your assessment. In addition, be sure to note the requirements below for document format and length and for citing supporting evidence.

Identify the benefits of proposed health care system changes and its implications for a community.
Describe potential barriers to change in an organization or community.
Develop strategies for changing barriers into opportunities and resolving conflict.
Develop a strategy for helping organizational stakeholders understand and evaluate the proposed changes to an existing health care system.
Develop a grant proposal and associated budget for a proposed change to an existing health care system.
Write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.
Support assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence.

Document Format and Length

Use the Change Proposal Template. This APA Style Paper Tutorial [DOCX] can help you in writing and formatting your assessment. If you would like to use a different template or document format for your change proposal, obtain prior approval from faculty.
Your change proposal should be 3–5 pages in length, not including the title page and references page.
Be sure to apply correct APA formatting to all source citations and references.

Supporting Evidence
Cite 3–5 credible sources from peer-reviewed journals or professional industry publications to support your change proposal.
Additional Requirements
Proofread your change proposal before you submit it, to minimize errors that could distract readers and make it more difficult for them to focus on the substance of your analysis.
Portfolio Prompt: You may choose to save your change proposal to your ePortfolio.
Competencies Measured
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

Competency 1: Identify the challenges and opportunities facing health care.

Identify the benefits of proposed health care system changes and its implications for a community.

Competency 2: Compare the effects of different health care finance models and policy frameworks on resources and patient outcomes.

Describe potential barriers to change in an organization or community.
Develop a grant proposal and associated budget for a proposed change to an existing health care system.

Competency 4: Develop proactive strategies to change the culture of the organization by incorporating evidence-based practices.

Develop a strategy for helping organizational stakeholders understand and evaluate the proposed changes to an existing health care system.
Develop strategies for changing barriers into opportunities and resolving conflict.

Competency 5: Communicate effectively with diverse audiences, in an appropriate form and style consistent with applicable organizational, professional, and scholarly standards.

Write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.
Support assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence. NURS-FPX6218 Assessment 3 Planning for Community and Organizational Change

Vila Health: Planning for Change
Intro
To improve health care outcomes within a community, you need to provide persuasive evidence to decision makers in order to demonstrate your project as a priority for budget and resource planning. One important step to gathering such evidence comes from talking to stakeholders in the community. What are the problems people are facing and how will your project provide a solution to those problems?
Select each location to familiarize yourself with the needs and issues being faced by each community. Jordan is a small town in the Minnesota countryside. Armatage is a neighborhood on the south side of Minneapolis.
Jordan
Jordan City Council or History Center
City Council Member:
We’re seeing more poverty in Jordan and need to address that. I think as a community, we sometimes live in the past and for good reasons. Traditionally, we’ve been kind of a “Lake Wobegon” kind of place — everything and everyone was above average. When I first was elected to the city council, the population here was 94% white. Our last census put that at 89%. Now, don’t misunderstand me — I think diversity is good for this community. All I’m saying is that we need to be aware of the ways this community is changing and make sure we support the growth and change.
Jordan Middle School
Middle School Teacher:
I worry about a lot of these kids. There’s a serious drive to get more mental health education and awareness into the schools, but it isn’t happening very quickly here. We’ve looked at ways we can bridge the gaps, but I don’t see much more than figurative band-aids. We had a situation in the high-school last year with a very popular student who committed suicide just before his graduation. Because this is a small community, a lot of the middle school kids knew him, so we brought in grief counsellors. I just think kids need to have a place where mental health issues are discussed. They think they’re the only one in the world struggling with certain issues, and it would help to know that’s not true. There’s also so much attention to bullying, but are we doing enough?
Residential Area
Jordan Parent:
There aren’t words strong enough to express how frightened I am about this whole opioid thing. My kids are still young — 11 and 9 — but when do you start to worry? My sister-in-law has been put through the wringer dealing with her oldest. Rehab — court — jail. The kid’s only 25 and he’s got a record a mile long. He was a nice kid, too. That’s the thing. So, how do we keep our kids safe from this poison?
Food Shelf
Food Shelf Manager:
The need for our services has been growing steadily ever since we moved into our current space. When we moved in here, we were serving less than 100 families a month. That was three years ago. Now, we’re seeing almost 200 families a month. Donations help, but we have a limited budget and we have to do our best to make sure our shelves stay stocked. So, yes. There is an over emphasis on carbs and processed foods. I wish there was a way to offer better quality protein and fresh fruits and vegetables. We got a donation of apples in one time from one of the orchards — they were seconds that didn’t look so nice, but were still good. You’d have thought they were gold. It broke my heart to see how excited people were over reject apples, but I figure there were a bunch of pies being baked that week.
Jordan Community Education and Recreation Center
Recreation Center Manager:
I’ll be honest — the kids I am seeing are out of shape and often not well prepared for school. I don’t like to sound like an old fogey, but they spend so much time on their phones and other electronics. They aren’t riding their bikes, they aren’t playing baseball, they aren’t reading… It’s all Mariobox and Fortcrafter and it’s taking a toll on the overall health of these kids.
Shopping Plaza
Property Manager:
We have a lot of vacant retail and commercial property in this town. It’s a shame, because I think there’s a lot of potential for many of these sites, but it’s hard for small business owners. You used to see, like a women’s clothing store or a little coffee shop, but those businesses have a hard time competing against the bigger chains. So, they go under and there’s a vacant property on either side of one that’s still hanging in there. That hurts the one’s that are still there. It would be great to get something into these properties, even if it isn’t necessarily a store or a restaurant.
Veteran’s Park
Parks Department Representative:
Funding cuts have taken a toll on a lot of our after-school programs. That’s bad enough, but because there aren’t organized events, the parks are turning into the place where kids hang out after dark. Most mornings, particularly after a weekend, the parks are littered with beer cans and worse. We’ve gotten complaints from parents of young children that they go to the playground and there’s beer cans and booze bottles everywhere. NURS-FPX6218 Assessment 3 Planning for Community and Organizational Change
Jordan City Sign
Bike Club President:
We have a very active membership, but recruitment has been difficult. The problem is that the bike trails we do have aren’t very long and they don’t connect to anything. A lot of our members who are avid bikers will use the roads to get places, but novice bikers want trails and ours are pretty random and short.
Senior Living Center
Jordan Family Member of Senior Center Client:
I work at a restaurant and really depend on the adult day care here. The trouble is that Mom isn’t always in the frame of mind where she can do the adult day care. Right now, I can get my brother’s wife, Tessa, to stay with her when she’s having a bad day, but Tessa’s pregnant and won’t be able to do that once the baby comes. I don’t want to put Mom in a nursing home, but she can’t be alone, she can’t always come here, and the cost of a home health aide is more than I make some days.
St. Francis Health Services
Urgent Care Nurse:
This isn’t political, but the situation with health insurance is getting worse, not better. I see so many people in the Urgent Care clinic with complaints that should have been addressed by a primary care giver — but the person doesn’t have a primary care giver. We’re seeing complications from undiagnosed or untreated diabetes. Hypertension. I’ve had two people in the last year who came in for general aches and pains and were in stage IV cancer. There’s no need for a lot of these problems to get so bad, but people can’t afford insurance and so they don’t see a doctor unless they’re sick.
Jordan City Hall
County Social Worker:
Something people don’t really ever address is how to deal with the day to day costs of chronic health conditions. I have people who are really living paycheck to paycheck and they don’t know how to pay for their prescriptions. Or there are people who have hypertension and take their meds, but they don’t have a primary care physician. There are so many things I could mention, but the short version is that there are a lot of people who need help in managing chronic conditions.
Armatage
Residential Housing
Neighborhood Council Member:
This is a pretty working-class neighborhood. I mean, people are doing well, but there’s a mix of everyone here and that’s the way we like it. If you look at the business directory, you can see that we’ve got a good range of services and businesses in what is essentially a residential neighborhood. Admittedly, it would be nice to have some kind of clinic for everyday health concerns, but really, how many neighborhoods have something like that. We do have a local dentist, a chiropractor, and a massage studio. Oh, and a mental health clinic.
Residential Housing
Resident:
Something that I don’t think anyone knows is that several of the homes in this neighborhood have lead paint and lead in the plumbing. I only learned about this when I was doing some research into the situation in Flint. Apparently, in the Minneapolis, service lines to residential properties installed prior to 1930 were usually made out of lead piping. And, if that isn’t unnerving enough, service lines are the responsibility of the property owners. Service lines that are made of lead can’t be repaired; they can only be replaced — which costs a fortune. But the main issue, in my opinion, is that most people have no idea if their home has these service lines and they have no idea whether or not their home drinking water has any lead in it at all. You’d think after the issues in Flint that we’d be talking about this, but apparently not.
Armatage Elementary School
School Principal:
I know this is something a lot of communities are dealing with, but the vaccination situation is suddenly an issue. We’ve never had a problem before, but I’ve had several parents inquiring about vaccination exemptions. I share the information I have about vaccination requirements, but I think there’s something going on where anti-vaccination information is circulating in the community.
Armatage Community Center
Community Garden Organizer:
This garden is doing so well. We had three applicants for every open space. It would be great, though, if we could expand what we’re doing. It isn’t just about the food, though that’s so important. We’re building community here, too. One of the things I love most about the garden is watching kids come to understand food in a more fundamental way. They start with the garden thinking it’s kind of fun, but the first time they have a meal that is made with food they saw growing is like a revelation for them. They suddenly get it. I don’t think we’re going to get more space, so it would be good to come up with some other ideas for how we can expand.
Red Wagon Pizza
Restaurant Owner:
You know, people say they want healthy choices, but I’ll tell you what — money talks. I tried to put some healthy options on the menu. What a disaster! The stuff didn’t move, when people ordered it, they complained that the portions were too small — the portions were based on meeting with a nutritionist, for gosh sake! Bottom line… it was a total failure. My customers want burgers, bacon, cheese, and fries. And I’ll tell you — you go to the hipster places in this neighborhood — they might be offering microgreens and Portobello mushroom burgers, but those aren’t the things that are keeping the place in the black — not by a long shot.
Bus Stop
Urgent Care Nurse:
I live in this neighborhood and one of the things I wish we had was a clinic or urgent care facility. So often I hear about people having to take city busses to get to a health care provider. There’s nothing available for people who have a sick kid or have something going on themselves. We’re an urban neighborhood, so not everyone drives. That’s fine most of the time, but there are two situations where that can be a problem — when someone’s sick and when someone is trying to do grocery shopping for a family. That’s not easy to do when you depend on the busses.
Penn Avenue Family Dental
Dentist:
This is a very diverse community and there’s a wide range of issues when it comes to people’s dental health. This practice tries to do as much education as possible, but there are still a lot of people who don’t understand how dental health affects other aspects of health. I don’t know what we could do differently, but it would be nice to see more outreach into the community, particularly into some of the immigrant communities, such as the East African immigrants. They’ve come from a country going through decades of civil war and strife — dental care is often the last thing on their minds. It would be nice to help them understand how taking care of their teeth will have wide-ranging benefits.
Pennhurst Cleaners
Developer:
Right now, the whole city is in transition. This neighborhood is a good example of the kinds of issues I’m seeing all over the city. The neighborhood is primarily residential and it’s an old, established neighborhood. You have some people who are trying to address housing affordability and others who are concerned that rental units will bring instability to the neighborhood. What people don’t realize is that change is already happening. They can’t stop change, but they can help direct it.
Cindy’s Barber Shop
Police Representative:
There’s no doubt that violence in this neighborhood has increased in the last several years. I wouldn’t say we have gangs per se, but we’re seeing an uptick in aggravated assaults and other violent crimes. Of course, a lot of that is domestic violence, which is a real shame. Some of these women have gone through so much in their lives — fleeing war and violence in their home country — and they’re still putting up with violence when they get here. Doesn’t seem right, does it?
Conclusion
You have completed the stakeholder interviews. You should now have a better sense of the health and social issues being faced by members of these communities.
Planning for Community and Organizational Change Scoring Guide

CRITERIA
NON-PERFORMANCE
BASIC
PROFICIENT
DISTINGUISHED

Identify the benefits of proposed health care system changes and its implications for a community.
Does not identify the benefits of proposed health care system changes and its implications for a community. NURS-FPX6218 Assessment 3 Planning for Community and Organizational Change
Identifies the benefits of proposed health care system changes, but the implications do not follow the logical order given the current and desired state of health care in the community.
Identifies the benefits of proposed health care system changes and its implications for a community.
Identifies the benefits of proposed health care system changes and its implications for a community. Articulates clear goals or outcomes for proposed changes that are well-supported by credible evidence.

Describe potential barriers to change in an organization or community.
Does not describe potential barriers to change in an organization or community.
Describes potential barriers to change, but the description is not grounded in applicable change theory.
Describes potential barriers to change in an organization or community.
Describes potential barriers to change in an organization or community. Identifies the causes of resistance and supports claims with credible evidence.

Develop strategies for changing barriers into opportunities and resolving conflict.
Does not develop strategies for changing barriers into opportunities and resolving conflict.
Develops strategies for changing barriers into opportunities and resolving conflict, but does not address a timeframe for change or lacks a coherent plan for communicating with stakeholders.
Develops strategies for changing barriers into opportunities and resolving conflict.
Develops strategies for changing barriers into opportunities and resolving conflict. Strategies reflect clear vision and drivers of change, including a viable approach for resolving conflict.

Develop a strategy for helping organizational stakeholders understand and evaluate the proposed changes to an existing health care system.
Does not develop a strategy for helping organizational stakeholders understand and evaluate the proposed changes to an existing health care system.
Develops a strategy that overlooks key stakeholders or that lacks insight into their influence on the proposed changes to an existing health care system.
Develops a strategy for helping organizational stakeholders understand and evaluate the proposed changes to an existing health care system.
Develops a strategy for helping organizational stakeholders understand and evaluate the proposed changes to an existing health care system. Describes the effects of these changes on the organization and identifies the specific information needs of the decision makers.

Develop a grant proposal and associated budget for a proposed change to an existing health care system.
Does not develop a grant proposal and associated budget for a proposed change to an existing health care system.
Develops a grant proposal and associated budget for a proposed change to an existing health care system that lacks clear and convincing justification or overlooks essential funding reflected in an incomplete list of necessary budget line items.
Develops a grant proposal and associated budget for a proposed change to an existing health care system. NURS-FPX6218 Assessment 3 Planning for Community and Organizational Change
Develops a grant proposal and associated budget for a proposed change to an existing health care system that presents a compelling argument for funding. Budget line items reflect clear and specific needs that are well-articulated and justified in the proposal.

Write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.
Does not write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.
Writing lacks clarity or conciseness, is loosely structured, or includes errors in grammar, mechanics, or APA formatting that inhibit effective communication or detract from good scholarship.
Writes clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.
Writes clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style. Main points, ideas, arguments, or propositions are well-developed and engaging. Adheres to all applicable disciplinary and scholarly writing standards and conventions.

Support assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence.
Does not support assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence.
Sources lack relevance or credibility, or the evidence is not persuasive or explicitly supportive of assertions, arguments, propositions or conclusions.
Supports assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence.
Supports assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant, credible, and convincing evidence. Skillfully combines error-free source citations with a perceptive and accurate synthesis of the evidence.

Guiding Questions for Assessment 3
Planning for Community and Organizational Change
This document is designed to give you questions to consider and additional guidance to help you successfully complete the Planning for Community and Organizational Change assignment. You may find it useful to use this document as a pre-writing exercise, an outlining tool, or as a final check to ensure that you have sufficiently addressed all the grading criteria for this assignment. This document is a resource to help you complete the assignment. Do not turn in this document as your assignment submission. NURS-FPX6218 Assessment 3 Planning for Community and Organizational Change
Change Proposal
Draft a change proposal to justify your recommendation for improving the health of the community and establish the change as a priority for the next budget cycle.
Identify the benefits of proposed health care system changes and its implications for a community.

What are the direct benefits of your proposed changes?
How will improvements in overall health affect the community?
What evidence supports your claims?
What is the possibility that stakeholders jump to conclusions that are unfounded, given the nature and scope of the change? How would you avoid this risk?

Describe potential barriers to change in an organization or community.

Why do people resist change?
What factors in the organization and community create or contribute to resistance?
What evidence do you have to support your claims?

Develop strategies for changing barriers into opportunities and resolving conflict.

What are the drivers of change in organizations and communities?
What is your vision for change?
What are the expected outcomes and timeline?
How will you communicate with stakeholders and overcome resistance?
How will you resolve conflict among competing interests?

Develop a strategy for helping organizational stakeholders understand and evaluate the proposed changes to an existing health care system.

Who are the key stakeholders in the organization?
What influence do they have on your proposal?
How will your proposed changes affect the organization?
What data and information will you provide to decision makers?

Develop a grant proposal and associated budget for a proposed change to an existing health care system.

Be specific and thorough in identifying budgetary requirements.
Consider how you can present a compelling argument to the funding authority.

Write clearly and concisely in a logically coherent and appropriate form and style.

Write with a specific purpose and audience in mind.
Adhere to scholarly and disciplinary writing standards and APA formatting requirements.

Support assertions, arguments, propositions, and conclusions with relevant and credible evidence.

Integrate relevant and credible evidence from 3–5 peer-reviewed journals or professional industry publications.
Is your supporting evidence clear and explicit?

How or why does particular evidence support a claim?
Will your reader see the connection?

Did you summarize, paraphrase, and quote your sources appropriately?

Submission Reminders

Have you identified the benefits of proposed health care system changes and the implications for the community? Have you provided supporting evidence?
Have you described potential barriers to change in the organization or community and provided supporting evidence?
Have you developed sound strategies for changing barriers into opportunities and resolving conflict?
Is your plan for helping organizational stakeholders understand and evaluate proposed changes to the existing health care system complete?
Is your proposal well-supported by 3–5 sources of relevant and credible evidence?
Is your proposal properly formatted and 3–5 pages in length, not including the title page and references page?
Did you proofread your writing? NURS-FPX6218 Assessment 3 Planning for Community and Organizational Change

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