Agenda Comparison Grid and Fact Sheet or Talking Points Brief Assignment Template for Part 1 and Part 2

Agenda Comparison Grid Template

Agenda Comparison Grid and Fact Sheet or Talking Points Brief Assignment Template for Part 1 and Part 2


Part 1: Agenda Comparison Grid


Use this Agenda Comparison Grid to document information about the population health/healthcare issue your selected and the presidential agendas. By completing this grid, you will develop a more in depth understanding of your selected issue and how you might position it politically based on the presidential agendas.


You will use the information in the Part 1: Agenda Comparison Grid to complete the remaining Part 2 and Part 3 of your Assignment.



Identify the Population Health concern you selected.  

Mental Health Issue (Depression)


Describe the Population Health concern you selected and the factors that contribute to it. Depression is the foremost cause leading young population to death in the USA. According to Cockerham, depression is a mental disorder, which is caused by psychological, persistent social and biological pain. This leads to disinterest of social life and committing suicide. Yet, if depression is not treated, it may lead to dementia, stroke and heart attack. In the past six to ten years, researchers such as Disease Control and Prevention found that youngsters at the age of 18 to 24 years, experience depression and going through suicidal thoughts. Unlike citizens 45 to 65 years of age, reports have reported that deaths among these particular group have been significantly rising. Mental health illnesses have brought many US presidents attention, which most of them have taken various steps allowing easy access to treatments and medicines.




Administration (President Name) (Current President)

Donald Trump


(Previous President)

Barack Obama

(Previous President)

George W. Bush

Describe the administrative agenda focus related to this issue for the current and two previous presidents. – To renovate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, president Donald Trump came up with a different strategy, a new healthcare bill.

– Diminishing the amount of Medicaid is one of the undertaken steps of Donald Trump’s administration. This way, insurance plan will only cover substance use and mental issues meanwhile majority of them depend on low income.








– Obama signed an act, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It is also known to be Obamacare, allowing the extension of federal mental parity to Medicaid.

– The purpose of the act is to support people with mental illnesses and people who are disable. In 2010, president Obama signed the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act.



– In 2002, George W Bush shaped a commission, which involved experts in the mental health field.

– President George W Bush wanted to bring the anguishes undergone by mentally ill citizens to an end. President George W Bush signed the Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act in 2008. An all-inclusive law that covers health insurance. The act states the treatment of drug abuse and other health conditions.

– In 2003, W. Bush signed the Medicare Modernization Act. He also supported the formation of health savings accounts. Patients who have metal health can also access the savings scheme.




Identify the allocations of financial and other resources that the current and two previous presidents dedicated to this issue.  

– Funds provision to mental health and abuse services has been reduced by $600 million in the economic year 2019. To the erection of new healthcare system, President Donald Trump proposed a provision of $500 million.










– Obama proposed $500 million in 2008/2009. The money was to be used to increase Americans mental health medication and care.  Early identification permits doctors to prompt treatment for mentally ill citizens. Therefore, President Obama defied agencies to post additional data to check citizen’s background.



Explain how each of the presidential administrations approached the issue.  

– Regardless of the funds that have been planned for the new healthcare plan, Trump’s management happened to fail. The consideration of low-income earners depends on ACA and Medicaid. So the American Heal Care Act will not identify the Act compelling Medicaid.










– President Obama came up with a healthcare plan that helped to rationalize the healthcare subdivision. The way it is done is by identifying the need for efficient use and that is deliberating all the Americans.


– With President W. Bush’s management, it actually made a great breakthrough undertaking mental health and healthcare issues. Through Medicaid, the government was able to access to healthcare to low-income earners.









Which administrative agency would most likely be responsible for helping you address the healthcare issue you selected?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cooperates on creating the expertise, tools, and information allowing people and communities insure their health through health promotion, preventing diseases, injury, disability, alertness for new health threats.

How does the healthcare issue get on the agenda and how does it stay there?

Across the globe, there is a growing number of diseases being reported everyday. The need for healthcare wellbeing and planning must be recognized by political leaders. Many Americans are being affected by this matter, therefore the administrations must make these health issues part of their agenda. Healthcare issues can be deliberated through legislation and become part of the government’s agenda. With that said, leaders must come up with new ideas on how to reduce and accommodate medical bills that are paid by their people. The healthcare will stay on the agenda until a solution is made.

Who was the entrepreneur/champion/sponsor of the healthcare issue you selected?

–    John F. Kennedy







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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). Retrieved from

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