503: HP2020 Impact Paper



  1. Research Topic:  Your course faculty will provide you with topic/s for this assignment. Please check the NR503 Course Announcements.
  2. Identify your target population (for instance, age or other demographic, aggregate population); this must be in your city or state.
  3. Discuss population-based health education interventions for your target population that is aimed at reducing morbidity and mortality for the problem. Be sure to review the research literature and HP2020 for interventions.
  4. Identify how and what data for interventions is being tracked.
  5. In a four (4) page paper, address the following. Refer to rubric for expanded details related to grading expectations.
    • Identify the problem in the introduction section.  
    • Provide an overview of the problem in your state/national. 
    • Review of descriptive epidemiological and demographic data on mortality/morbidity and risk. 
    • HP2020:  Present the goal, overview and objectives of Healthy People 2020 for the paper topic. 
    • Population level prevention and health promotion review. Describe population and/or primary health care focused interventions. Use of scholarly literature and HP2020 is required.  There should be direct correlation to evidence for all strategies.


HP2020 Impact Paper: Disability and Health

Disability is a major concern in public health that needs to be attended to. According to the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NCBDDD, CDC) (2020), in the U.S, 26% (61 million), that is, 1 in every 4 adults, have a disability. Among the disabilities is a cognitive disability which majorly affects elderly adults aged 65+ years old (Hale, Schneider, Gampe, Mehta, & Myrskylä, 2020). This paper discusses an overview of cognitive disability in Georgia State and the U.S, descriptive epidemiological and demographic data of morbidity/ mortality and risk, the HP2020 goal, and the population-level prevention interventions for health promotion.

Overview, Background, and Significance of Cognitive Disability

Cognitive disability, as defined by Seeman and Lewis (2019), is a condition that affects one’s mental processes. It is characterized by trouble remembering, concentrating, making decisions, and/or learning new things, which may range from mild to severe. Individuals with mild cognitive impairment have notable changes in their cognitive functions but can accomplish their day-to-day tasks while in severe impairment, the affected lose the ability to understand things, to write or talk, and to accomplish day-to-day activities, leading to loss of independence (NCBDDD, CDC, 2020). Cognitive disabilities may be clinical or functional in which former include Down Syndrome, autism, dementia, etc. and the latter include those that focus on one’s challenges and abilities, without paying attention to the behavioral or medical causes. A single clinical disability can cause several functional disabilities (NCBDDD, CDC, 2020). Age