Required Resources

Required Resources
Text
• Mosser, K. (2013). Ethics and social responsibility (2nd ed.) [Electronic version]. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/
• Chapter 5: Ethics in Medicine
Article
• Hilmers, A., Hilmers, D. C., & Dave, J. (2012). Neighborhood disparities in access to healthy foods and their effects on environmental justice. American
Journal Of Public Health, 102(9), 1644-1654. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300865
• The full-text version of this article can be accessed through the EBSCOhost database in the Ashford University Library. The article pertains to environmental
ethics and is intended to support the Food Justice/Food Deserts—discussion this week.
Multimedia
• Emory University. (2011, May 2). Healthcare reform: Overview of access to care and regulatory process [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/lD0TBoKol6Q
• This element explains health care reform to the Equal Access to Health Care—discussion this week, in which the ethics of health access are discussed. This
video has closed captioning and a transcript.
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• PBS NewsHour. (2010, June 3). Mississippi ‘food deserts’ fuel obesity epidemic [Video file]. Retrieved from www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/health-jan-june10-food_06-
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• This video about the problems of obesity is intended to support the Food Justice/Food Deserts—discussion this week. The transcript is available on the landing
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Classical Ethical Theories, a Supplemental Guide

For learners who want to delve into this issue further and develop a deeper understanding of Classical Ethical Theories, this optional learning supplement on Virtue
Ethics may be useful.

Discussions

Equal Access to Health Care
This discussion presents the opportunity for you to address the inequality of access to health care in the United States using moral and ethical reasoning. There is
overwhelming evidence that social inequalities affect health outcomes. Many argue that lack of health care access due to poverty is a human rights concern in the
United States that should be subject to public and social justice inquiry. As such, the Affordable Care Act was implemented to promote health equity. While there are
some that have reported favorable outcomes with respect to health care access, others have reported unfavorable experiences.
What is your perspective on the ethics of providing universal health care to all U.S. citizens, and how well do you think the Affordable Care Act has addressed this
cause? Prepare an academically-informed post to address this question. In doing so, consider both the ethical and moral reasons for supporting the implementation of
the Affordable Care Act and also a possible shortfall or problem with this policy. You may talk about your own experiences but must also use academic research to
support your arguments.
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required resources and/or other scholarly sources, and properly
cite any references in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7.
Carefully review the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate this Discussion Thread.

Food Justice/Food Deserts
The purpose of this discussion is to offer you the opportunity to debate the issue of food justice and food deserts. Food deserts are significant issues in poorer
neighborhoods in the United States. In many of these neighborhoods, the only access to food is through local convenience stores or fast food restaurants. This severely
limits the options for the poor to have access to fresh, wholesome food and has been evidenced as a key reason for the obesity epidemic in the United States. This
issue is encompassed in the overarching topic of food justice, which also highlights public access to genetically modified or organic foods and the issues of equal
access to positive food options in light of public health and social inequality. Prepare and post a response to the following prompt:
Read the Hilmers article, Neighborhood Disparities in Access to Healthy Foods and Their Effects on Environmental Justice. Assume that your town is a food desert and
you would like to do something about it. Prepare an argument to present to your local town council that outlines an idea to offer healthy food options to your town.
Use at least one ethical theory or perspective to support the moral or ethical reasoning for why this program should be implemented.
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required resources and/or other scholarly sources, and properly
cite any references in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7.

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