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The goal of this assignment is to give you a chance to research and express your opinion about an important topic in infectious disease. The assignment is as follows:
You are a public health advisor for the California Department of Public Health for infectious disease control. You have been given an assignment to assess the best way to reduce hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections in California. There are new drugs that work to eliminate HCV in currently infected patients. You have been asked to evaluate the best use for 20 million dollars of funding in 2022-2023 for reduction of HCV. Your evaluation will help determine if the money should be spent on 1. Funding for research of developing a possible HCV vaccine. OR 2. Funding for providing free HCV anti-viral drugs to people currently infected. OR 3. Funding for providing more money towards education for preventing HCV transmission. Sections to write in word and then copy into Gradescope. Part 1—- Background on HCV disease and transmission. 15 pts Part 2 —- Discussion of prevention versus treatment for HCV infection. 10 pts Part 3 —- Choice for spending money – pros and cons of the approach YOU think should be prioritized 20 pts 1. Funding for research of developing a possible HCV vaccine. OR 2. Funding for providing free HCV anti-viral drugs to people currently infected. OR 3. Funding for providing more money towards education for preventing HCV transmission.
Part 4 —- Why you did not choose the other two options. 10 pts Discussions over cost of drugs (cure rate), efficacy of vaccines versus education. For example: If you choose to spend the $20 million on vaccines, you must give reasons wyy you feel the money would be better spent on vaccines and not drugs to cure HCV or education to identify and or prevent HCV transmission. Part 5 —– References 5 points (must have 5 or more scientific references) At least TWO of the references must be from peer-reviewed scientific publications on PubMed.gov. Read the following instructions carefully as they are part of the basis for the grading of this assignment: Format: • You TOTAL text for the assignment should add up to one side of 1 single-spaced page of text or 1000 words. You must use complete sentences (no bullet points) and construct your response to the question in short essay form In providing details about your opinions you should feel free to consult outside sources – but note that you should provide citations for information you obtain from these outside sources (see “Don’t plagiarize” below). The citations should be in the following format for a webpages such as US CDC or WHO please use the URL in parentheses e.g. (https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hcv/index.htm). For a scientific paper use the Last name of the first author, publication and year in parentheses. E.g., Holtzman et al AJPH 2021. But in the References list provide us the FULL names and title of the publication. E.g., Deborah Holtzman Alice K. Asher, and Sarah Schillie The Changing Epidemiology of Hepatitis C Virus Infection in the United States During the Years 2010 to American Journal of Public Health. 2018.
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