Neighborhood Public Policy
Public health or public safety issue?
Public health issues are ones that cause injury or disease to a population of people in the community (The Council of State Governments, 2009). Unexpected injury decreases the life expectancy of children (Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, n.d.). This is another reason this situation is a public health concern. The Neighborhood scenario involving the accident and injury of Marcus Young is a public health issue. In this scenario Marcus was hit by a speeding car. Millions of people are injured and killed in traffic accidents yearly (World Health Organization, 2014). These are preventable injuries and deaths. The World ...view middle of the document...
What might Angie Young and proponents of the speed bumps have done differently to receive a more favorable response from the Neighborhood Council?
If Angie Young and other proponents of the speed bumps would have presented statistics regarding the number of accidents including those resulting in injury to the Neighborhood Council the outcome may have been different. It is important to present research regarding the types of accidents and outcomes when a process is being changed. It would also be beneficial to research the cost of the speed bumps in the relationship to the cost of injury and death from accidents. She could have also researched other options for deterring speeding in the Neighborhood. Residents were concerned about damage to vehicles, this would have been an important topic with options to reduce the incidence of damage (Fazzalaro, 2006).
What options for political influence might a person pursue in an effort to change public health policy?
When pursuing public changes in the community it is important to understand the local regulations. Discuss the concerns with neighbors in the...