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Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. Critique their evaluation of the program addressing the public health issue they chose. Based on your own research on the public health issue your classmate chose, suggest two ways that the program could be more effective in addressing that public health issue.

Ashly Polacchi

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Hello Dr. Holmes and Class,

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it would be more beneficial to discuss Covid-19 vaccine acceptance separately from other types of vaccine acceptance. The acceptance of the Covid-19 vaccine helps to reduce the number of deaths that may result from Covid-19. Additionally, the more people that get the vaccine, the less strain is put on our healthcare system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Covid-19 vaccines have shown to reduce the risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death among all eligible age groups (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2021). In California, 71% of people are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and 7.9% are partially vaccinated (Covid19.ca.gov, 2021). However, only 56.4% of people in Sacramento county are fully vaccinated (Sacramento County Public Health, 2021). According to a recent study, vaccination coverage of between 48-78% is required to reach herd immunity with an 80-99% effective vaccine (Chen, 2021). Based on this data, Sacramento county is within the parameters to reach heard immunity, statistically speaking. It is worth noting that vaccination rate disparities exist among minorities within Sacramento county. Recent data shows that almost 50% of White populations are at least partially vaccinated, whereas only 42% of the Hispanic and Black populations are at least partially vaccinated (Sacramento County Public Health, 2021).

In order to help reduce vaccination barriers, the Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) has implemented a program to help residents get vaccinated. On March 1, 2021, SacRT began offering free rides to scheduled Covid-19 vaccine appointments and has extended this offer until December 31, 2021 (Sacramento Regional Transit, 2021). The program provides free rides to all Covid-19 vaccination sites within SacRT service areas (Sacramento Regional Transit, 2021). Because this is a fairly new initiative, I was not able to find a 2021 fiscal year (FY) annual report, however, I have attached their 2020 (FY) annual report for reference.

RT-2020_CAFR.pdf (sacrt.com) (Links to an external site.)




Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021). Covid-19 Vaccines Work. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/effectiveness/work.html (Links to an external site.)

Covid19.ca.gov. (2021). Vaccination Progress Data. https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccination-progress-data/ (Links to an external site.)

Sacramento County Public Health (2021). Sacramento County Public Health Epidemiology COVID-19 Dashboards. https://sac-epidemiology.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=e11bc926165742ab99f834079f618dad (Links to an external site.)

Yi-Tui Chen. (2021). The Effect of Vaccination Rates on the Infection of COVID-19 under the Vaccination Rate below the Herd Immunity Threshold. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(7491), 7491. https://doi-org.proxy-library.ashford.edu/10.3390/ijerph18147491 (Links to an external site.)

Sacramento Regional Transit. (2021). Your Free Ride to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine. https://www.sacrt.com/apps/your-free-ride-to-receive-the-covid-19-vaccine/

2. Sydni Aguirre

ThursdayOct 14 at 11:30pm
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All people do not experience a healthy diet. There are varying reasons why some individuals or populations do not consume nutritionally dense foods. It may have to do with the availability, understanding, or cost of these food products. Food literacy is a movement to change the behavior of people’s relationship with food and encourage more consumption of fruits and vegetables. Food literacy is the knowledge, understanding, or skills to consume healthy foods (Truman et al., 2017). Organizations focused on food literacy aim to create an atmosphere where positive eating habits are fostered that last over a lifetime.
Nutrition-related illnesses are on the rise in the United States. Our nation is sick in part due to easy access to cheap fast food and family’s not cooking at home. According to Hodder et al. (2020), a diet low in fruits and vegetables during childhood increases the risk for chronic conditions in adulthood such as obesity, heart disease, type II diabetes, and cancer. While food literacy can be introduced at any age, it is most beneficial in our youth. The Food Literacy Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) based in Sacramento with a mission to improve food literacy in low-income elementary schools (Food Literacy Center, n.d.). This organization teaches our school-aged kids cooking skills and how to read a nutrition label in a fun engaging atmosphere. The Food Literacy Center challenges the food system to make eating healthy more equitable. More kids are eating their veggies and have an appreciation for vegetables because of this organization.
Food Literacy Center. (n.d.). Food Literacy Center. https://www.foodliteracycenter.org/ (Links to an external site.)
Hodder, R. K., O’Brien, K. M., Tzelepis, F., Wyse, R. J., & Wolfenden, L. (2020). Interventions for increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in children aged five years and under. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews, 5(5), CD008552. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD008552.pub7
Truman, E., Raine, K., Mrklas, K., Prowse, R., Hoed, R., Watson-Jarvis, K., Loewen, J., Gorham, M., Ricciardi, C., Tyminski, S., & Elliott, C. (2017). Promoting children’s health: Toward a consensus statement on food literacy. Canadian journal of public health = Revue canadienne de sante publique, 108(2), e211–e213. https://doi.org/10.17269/CJPH.108.5909 (Links to an external site.)
2020_annual_report_food_literacy_center (1).pdf

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