news report 6 A+ Writers |

This assignment provides you an opportunity to be a sociologically informed journalist. You have been asked to assume that role to raise awareness about the impact of coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) on your community members. Your job is to identity one issue or problem that your community members are confronting with. Your goal is to educate the public about the extent of the problem and the ways to address it. You will utilize sociological ideas to discuss how that issue or problem is related to larger issues of wealth, income, health, and health care disparities and offer necessary solutions (e.g., policy, legislation, social movements, community outreach, individual initiatives).

1. Identify at least one issue or problem that your community members are confronting with during the coronavirus pandemic.

2. Describe the issue or problem that your community members are confronting with during the pandemic. Your description should include information about the groups of people who are likely to be disproportionately impacted (at least 5 sentences). Provide evidence that establishes the seriousness of a given issue or problem (e.g., what impact a given problem has on stress, coping resources, health, health behaviors, and health care utilization?). For instance, you may find that many people in your community are not able to afford rent or pay student debt or have lost a job. You are then expected to discuss how those issues could lead to increased stress, depression, and poor health outcomes. You also need to identify social groups (e.g., Older adults, Latinx, Black, Women, LGBTQ, Transgender, Poor) that are more likely to confront those issues. You are encouraged to also use outside sources for evidence to build up your case (i.e., to show the public why they should care about the problem). That may include searching for research articles, prior news coverage, statistics, and information provided by governmental and non-governmental agencies (at least 10 sentences).

3. Explain why you think the issue or problem you identified is related to medical sociology (at least 5 meaningful sentences). You should explicitly cite information provided in course materials to draw the linkage. For instance, if you find that many people are not able to afford rent or lack money to afford food during the pandemic, you should tell readers how that problem relates to the ideas of structural disadvantage (e.g., low wage jobs, wealth inequality, institutional racism, poverty). Utilize sociological ideas or theories to discuss how that problem is likely to positively or negatively affect health and behavioral outcomes. Which theoretical frameworks or sociological ideas help you explain or establish linkages between factors such lack of economic resources during the pandemic and health disparities? Use your sociological imagination to identify the root cases. Why are some social groups better able to cope with the pandemic than other social groups? Why some social groups have better access to testing and treatment than other social groups? Why are some social groups more likely to die from the virus than other social groups? (at least 10 meaningful sentences).

4. Describe what we should do to (e.g., change or reform or enact new policies and legislation, engage in advocacy and activism, establish non-profit organizations) reduce the adverse impacts of the social problem created by the pandemic. Discuss how those initiatives are likely to reduce or eradicate the harmful effects of social problems on health and behavioral outcomes? What can be done to provide equitable access to testing and treatment of the COVID-19? What should be done now so that all social groups have adequate resources to future natural disasters such as the coronavirus pandemic (at least 12 meaningful sentences).