HAP 602 GMU Policy Proposal to Address Maternal & Infant Health Webquest Matrix A WebQuest is a matrix report of key organizations, interest groups and advocates relevant to your policy interest. You identify relevant stakeholders from research on websites, social and interactive media sources. It is a unique and important part of the background research for your policy brief and will help you identify individuals, government organizations and personnel to contact for your policy maker interviews (Field Report)
Guiding Questions for WebQuest
What is the background of the issue? How did the issue come about?
Who are the relevant stakeholders involved in the issue? Why is it important to them?
What is each stakeholders position on the issue?
What policy strategies have been used to address the issue (i.e. legislation, regulations, lawsuits)
Is there a current piece of legislation or regulation under consideration that would address the issue? Who supports it? Who opposes it? Why? (how would it impact them?)
Research the Web to answer the above guiding questions. Learn as much as possible about the issue (this is fondly referred to in the policy world as doing your homework). You may wish to explore relevant websites, journals, newspapers or other media outlets. The information you obtain to complete the matrix will help you to prepare policy brief and testimony assignments.
As you work, complete this matrix shown in this attachment
Be sure to look at this example of a completed matrix HAP 746 Health Policy Leadership
Health Policy Brief Subject Matter Proposal
Directions: Complete and submit as a word document entitled last name, policy proposal;
submit to course faculty by Bb Upload.
Student Name: Jessica Shockley
Describe Your Area of Policy Interest:
Describe the policy (new or extant) and/or amendment to an existing policy or policy
implementation guidance you wish to focus on?
I will be doing my policy proposal on maternal and infant health
What problem or need necessitates the policy you are interested in using for your policy brief?
Is the problem widely recognized? What is the scope of the problem that warrants a policy
The problem I would like to address African American women on average are 3 to 4 times more
like to die form pregnancy related causes than white women. This average raises with age.
There needs to be a policy where women of other ethnicities are covered and treated the same
as their white counterparts.
What is the legislative or statutory authority for the policy of interest or the action government
action of interest? source policy of interest or under what governmental authority does will this
This should be a national enactment. To my understanding as of now each state has their own
policies and laws implemented.
Is there a lead agency or government office/entity that will have responsibility for policy
I believe the CDC should be the lead agency that should be responsible for policy
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