1. Media Artifact
Link to media artifact(s) giving background on the issue. Please list the title of the artifact(s) and then make the title(s) a link to the page in the MSC site where the artifact has been posted. You may include media artifacts made by other MSC members, if relevant, even if they are not authors of this proposal.
2. Persona and POV statement
- Zoey is mother of two children who are 10 and 12 years old. They both attend a nearby public school and participate in afterschool activities and sports. They both do very well in school and never get in trouble.
- Zoey works at a nearby store as a cashier, while her husband works as a plummer and is gone for most of the day. They both work very hard and long hours, but struggle to make enough money to pay there bills at the end of every month.
- Zoey has always been a very caring, compassionate, and a loving mother and has always been attentive to her families needs. She is worried about her children not spending enough time with her parents due to increased work hours of both Zoey and her husband.
- Zoey wants to be able to consistently help provide for her children so they can have the sufficient funds to receive medical attention whenever needed and to eventually attend college to pursue their dream job.
- Zoey wants to watch her kids grow up and have their own kids while she grows old with her husband.
- Zoey hopes to eventually buy a new house with a few acres of land to build a playground for her future grandchildren and plant a garden full of flowers.
Zoey, the busy and caring mother of two, needs a way to know accurate information about vaccines, because she had heard rumors about its high cost and detrimental effects on children.
3. Potential Solutions:
Describe three reasonable, feasible potential solutions or approaches that would help address this problem.
SOLUTION 1: The State of Michigan will help fund in creating an Office of Vaccine Peer Networking and help in providing proper training to volunteered and/or employed vaccine agents so they will be able to properly educate people on vaccines benefits.
SOLUTION 2: The State of Michigan provides financial incentives for the parents who vaccinate their children. These incentives can be distributed in forms of checks, gift cards, and/or reduction of state taxes.
SOLUTION 3: The State of Michigan can revise current vaccination exemption laws to increase the difficuly, time of completion, and approval time that it takes to get a vaccine exception waiver. These revision can include enforcing government mandated laws that tell residents that everyone must get vaccinated, unless you have underlying health condition that is threatened due to the vaccine substance.
BACKGROUND AND RESEARCH PROCESS
Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:
Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:
By providing accurate and precise information about vaccines, we are hoping that this will allow students to be more open in obtaining vaccinaitons due to its benefits. This will also allow students to become an advocate for vaccines and help get their community properly informed on the importance of vaccines.
How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?
I first learned about this issue in one of my medical classes in which they talked about the effects that increased vaccination hesitancy could cause. It's a big issue that could have major consequences such as the growing number of those infected by vaccine-prevented diseases.
How has your service activity influenced your thinking about this proposal?
Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue:
Talk directly with at least 3 real live people who have special knowledge about this topic or the impact your proposal would have, and summarize their comments. These may include people appearing in your media artifact (video, podcast, etc.).
-E.C. (43 year old women, who migrated to the US years ago and who doesn't have health insurance): E.C. says that she has never been granted health insurance due to her illegal status in the US. She has two kids and has sometimes not had enough money for herself to receive medical attention. Her children were able to get vaccinated for a low cost thanks to help given from their school but she says she hasn't been vaccinated in years. She doesn't really know their benefits and doesn't believe it to be important. The only reason she got her kids vaccinated were because the school sent her a letter about it.
CONSULTATION 2: Marti Benakovich is a 53 year old respiratory therapist who works at the University of Michigan hospital in Ann Arbor. As someone who has worked in the medical field for almost 20 years, Marti claims to have witnessed, first hand, the risk of not vaccinating. She says that "its very difficult to dispel the myth that the antivax groups have propagated." She claims that "the fear is so engrained from the propaganda that they [families] think the vaccines are literally the worse thing that can happen to their child." For this reason, she believes that more education from a State funded program might just be the answer. Not only could it debunk some of the misleading information from "bogus" cites, but also inform families on factual information regarding vaccines.
CONSULTATION 3: Brianna Hill-Hutchins is a 27 year old RN who works at McClaren in Flint, Michigan. She also believes that vaccines are essential in not only the person receiving but also for the community at large. She sees many patients who are misinformed about vaccines when it comes to their effects and cost. Brianna grew up in a household where her parents did not belive in vaccines so therefore avoided at all cost in obtaining them. It wasn't until she started pursuing her career as a nurse in which she learned the actual benefits of vaccinations. When telling her my possible solution of creating a Peer Network Group for Vaccinations, she believes that it will be a great way to teach people, like her parents, the true and honest benefits of vaccines.
Reaction or advice from a Topic Coordinator:
You must solicit a critique from a topic coordinator, and explain the impact that advice has had on the final draft of this proposal.
I was able to speak with Jeff Kupperman throughout this whole process and he was able to give me some advice that completely shaped the final draft of my proposal. When initially starting this proposal, I didn't know what kind of story I wanted my persona to have. Jeff was able to guide me in the right way to create a persona [Zoey], who was real and could relate to those going through this problem. When diving into my possible solutions, I had been so stuck on financial incentives being the answer to this problem, however, Jeff gave me advice that made me realize that the answer might just be more than recieveing subsidys from the State. The advice I received truly helped me see this problem of vaccinate hesitancy in multiple perspectives, which made me realized that there are many approaches to this problem.
Describe your research process — indicate who you talked to (including but not limited to consultants), what you read, what your thinking was, how it changed over time, and how your consultants changed your thinking. This description of your research process definitely could include “dead ends,” or ideas you had that didn’t ultimately bear fruit. In short, we want to know what you did and how it led to your legislation, and we also want you to give us a window into your thought process.
Although I knew that vaccine hesitancy was a problem from a medical class I took last fall, it wasn't until I actually started researching when I seen how much of a problem it really is. My research began with looking up information and statistics on the growing number of those who were not vaccinated in the State of Michigan. I have always thought vaccines were useful all my life, but with this project and the current pandemic that we are going through, it made me realize how important vaccines are and how important it is to get people to vaccinate themselves and their children. At first, I thought a government mandated law would be the answer to ending this problem, but after receiving some advice, I quickly realized this might not be the best option. After reading an article that talked about other countries using goverment-funded programs to help educate families on vaccines, made me take my solution on a different path. I ultimately came to the conclusion that providing further education to our community might be the best option in helping this problem. I read that this is something not commonly heard about in the US, and I strongly believe that it could make a very big impact in our communities.
Please delineate--in detail--who made what contributions to the process and to the finished proposal? Who took on which responsibilities in researching ideas, drafting language, etc.?
The sections below should comprise your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform.
These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.
WHEREAS....the number of people getting vaccinated keeps going down in Michigan as false information is continously being spread about vaccines.
WHEREAS.... there is not enough information given to students and their parents on accurate information regarding the benefits of vaccines and/or the cost of vaccines without insurance.
WHEREAS.... not all vaccinations are covered by medical insurance, and those with no insurance must pay out of pocket for vaccines.
These describe in detail, the solution you are proposing (not the problem itself; those should go in the "Whereas" clauses above).
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED....
1. The State of Michigan will create an Office of Vaccine Peer Networking that would be housed in Public Health and funded by The Department of Health and Human Services. This office would be structured as an almost total-volunteer office with 1 full-time-equivalent that would be dedicated to coordinating the training for volunteers.
2. The State will provide funds to properly train volunteers on accurate and up-to-date information on the benefits of vaccines. These vaccine agents will then be assigned to each county, in which they will be in charge of speaking at schools, job orientations, community events, etc, about the proper information of vaccines, and disproving common myths. The vaccine agents will also be able to spread information about different options and programs for those who are uninsured. This will allow people without insurance to learn that although they are not insured, they are still available to receieve vaccines without paying full price out-of-pocket.
3). The funds provided to this office will also be used to advertise the need for vaccine advocate agents. These types of advertisement can be in forms of announcements on radios, newspapers, social media, or mailed catalogues. This will ensure that there is enough volunteers to serve each county in the State of Michigan.
(Add more "Resolved" clauses if necessary.)
What are three reasonable arguments against this proposal?
1. The State of Michigan might not have enough money to fund for an office, proper trainings, and advertisement.
2. There might not be enough volunteers that would be interested in going through trainings and become vaccine agents to inform their communities about vaccines.
3. Maybe more education regarding vaccines is not going to be effective and actually cause people to have more doubt about vaccines.
Costs and funding:
What will your proposal cost (in direct expenses, lost tax revenue, lost economic opportunity, and/or non-monetary costs)? How will you pay for your proposed legislation? Where will/could the funding for your proposal come from? Who might object to dedicating resources to your proposal (competing interests)?
From research that I have conducted, peer networking programs usually are granted no more than $100,000 a year. The funding would come from the Department of Health and Human Services, as this proposed legislation is dedicated to public health. Incoming taxes from residents can be used to pay for this legislation =.
These can include websites or other information you have found about the issue.