PUBLIC HEALTH: In which categories do most public health programs fall?

DQ1
Within a budget there are two categories: mandatory and discretionary. In which categories do most public health programs fall? Provide an example of an expenditure that is considered mandatory. Justify your rationale. Provide an example of an expenditure that is discretionary. Justify your rationale. (150 words)
DQ2
What are the responsibilities and role of the Appropriations Committee? What is the importance of this committee to public health spending as it relates to Medicaid and Medicare? (150 words)
ASSIGNMENT
Create a small budget for a hypothetical state program based on priority health concerns from Healthy People 2020.
In addition, create a narrative (2-4 sentences) that identifies the most appropriate federal funding source for your proposed program.
APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.
This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
Rubric
All of the necessary items are filled in and thoroughly researched.
Expense projections of all items are well proposed and realistic.
Clear and convincing argument presents a persuasive claim in a distinctive and compelling manner. All sources are authoritative.
The work is well presented and includes all required elements. The overall appearance is neat and professional.
Writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English.
Electronic Resource
1. HHS FY2015 Budget in Brief
Investigate “HHS FY2015 Budget in Brief.” This resource will help you to understand allocations made to operating divisions and considerations for Medicaid and Medicare.
http://www.hhs.gov/about/budget/fy2015/budget-in-brief/
2. Sample Proposals for Programs to Strengthen Comprehensive School Health and Prevent Health Problems Among Youth
Read “Sample Proposals for Programs to Strengthen Comprehensive School Health and Prevent Health Problems Among Youth.” This resource will help you to recognize items that may be used in developing a program budget.
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/financeimpact/doc/q7.doc

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