Core Functions and services Healthy People 2020 (SLP)

Module 2 – SLP

Core Functions and Services


Read the module homepage and required readings. Read through this assignment, including the instructions and the Assignment Expectations before writing your paper.

After that, write a 2- to 3-page essay in which you first identify core public health functions or services that pertain to the controversial public issue identified in Module One. Discuss the specific Healthy People 2020 Objectives that directly pertain to the controversial topic.

You can submit your paper in a Question and Answer format. In other words, list the questions and provide a short answer to each.

Here are your instructions:

  1. Which core public health function or service did you choose?
  2. Explain in 2–3 paragraphs how that core function pertains to the controversial public health issue from your Module 1 SLP. Remind me of your Module 1 SLP topic.
  3. Find examples of at least one specific Objective of Healthy People 2020 that directly pertains to the controversial topic. Be sure to cite sources rather than simply stating your opinion.

SLP Assignment Expectations

Length: 2–3 pages, excluding title page and references.

Assessment and Grading: Your paper will be assessed based on the grading rubric that is linked within the course. Review the rubric before you begin, so you are sure to meet each of the criteria.

In order to earn full credit

You must clearly show that you have read the module homepage and the required background materials that relate to this assignment. You are welcome to do research in addition to—but not instead of—the required readings.

Please write your paper in your own words. That is the only way I can evaluate your level of understanding.

Even though the papers must be written in your own words, you are required to use scholarly and professional sources to support your statement. Cite sources for any statement of fact or idea that is not common knowledge. You must cite the sources within the body of the paper and include a reference list at the end of the paper.

Draw upon a broad base of scholarly literature to support your statements. Web sites and fact sheets may be a useful starting point; however, you are expected to locate peer-reviewed readings on your topic from the electronic library.

Note: Wikipedia is not an acceptable source of information. Use credible, professional, and scholarly sources such as peer-reviewed journal articles from the Online Library, and government, university, or nonprofit organizations’ Web sites.

Quotes are very rarely needed; if necessary, they should comprise less than 10% of a paper and must be properly cited.

Your papers will be evaluated on the following factors:

  • References – citations are used within the body of the paper any time you state a fact or idea that is not common knowledge. A reference list is included at the end of the paper.
  • Precision – you follow all instructions and you answer each part of the assignment.
  • Breadth – you show broad knowledge of the module’s topic.
  • Depth – you go into detail to show more critical thought about the specific tasks or questions in the assignment.
  • Clarity – the extent to which you elaborate and include discussion or examples as asked.
  • Application – the extent to which you apply the information to a real-life situation related to the assignment, if asked.

Required Reading

Chacko, L. & Chacko, R (2010). Chapter 2: Modern Public Health Systems. In: Andresen, A. & Bouldin, E. (2010). Public Health Foundations: Concepts and Practices. Jossey-Bass Publishers. eISBN: 9780470890165 Hoboken, NJ. *Please focus mainly on pages 25 – 42.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2010). Healthy People 2020 Framework. Retrieved on July 1, 2013 from

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2010). Healthy People 2020 Topics and Objectives. Retrieved on July 1, 2013 from

Additional Reading (Optional)

Anon. (2012, Apr). In light of the failure to reach the healthful goals of Healthy People 2000 and 2010, what is the purpose of continuing the Healthy People 2020 goals? Journal of Physical Education, 83(4), 52-53. Retrieved from ProQuest.

Madamala, K., Sellers, K., Beitsch, L., Pearsol, J. et al. (2011, Jul.). Structure and Functions of State Public Health Agencies in 2007. American Journal of Public Health. 101(7), 1179-86. Retrieved from ProQuest.

Meadows-Oliver, M., & Allen, P. (2012, Mar/Apr). Healthy People 2020: Implications for Pediatric Nurses. Pediatric Nursing, 38(2), 101-5.

Mendez, D., & Warner, K., (2008, Mar.). Setting a Challenging Yet Realistic Smoking Prevalence Target for Healthy People 2020: Learning From the California Experience. American Journal of Public Health. 98(3), 556-559. Retrieved from ProQuest.

Additional Resources (Optional)

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP). 10 Essential Public Health Services Retrieved from

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2011, Jan.). Dr. Howard Koh Presents at Healthy People 2020 Launch. Retrieved from

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2010, Dec.). Preparing for the Next Decade: A 2020 Vision for Healthy People (video). Retrieved from

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