I have already established what I want my paper to be about! I also have some suggested resources to look into as well. This is what I’ve already come up with.
Title: The Divide: A Comprehensive Look at African American Maternal Health
Thesis: An analysis on the maternal mortality rate in African American women reveals that black women are subject to low-quality healthcare, preterm delivery, and structural racism within the healthcare system as a whole.
– Low-quality healthcare
African American women are often not receiving the attentive care they need from their providers.
– Preterm Delivery
Causes include stress and lack of support
– African American women are often brushed aside and their concerns are minimized or dismissed.
Medical systems are not inclined to value, respect or even listen to black women.
– Serena Williams
Had to fight to receive appropriate care after her daughter’s birth
– Shalon Irving
Died after being sent home from an office visit where she sought treatment for high blood pressure, swollen legs and weight gain.
(It is imperative that you follow my subject! Do not steer too far from what I have already established. Make sure to include my thesis statement, topics, and examples. I have to do a presentation on this paper so these have to be included. Thanks!)
Your paper should contain these parts:
Introduction: Your introductory material should set up your topic for your audience. Briefly summarize your findings on the subject. If the sources disagree about the perspective on the subject, point out the areas of disagreement. Your thesis should come at the end of your introductory material. State your thesis in the form of a sentence or two. It should not be in the form of a question. Your thesis should be a brief statement, in your own words, that points out the major issues about this topic that you discovered in your research. If you can’t articulate in a sentence or two what your main point is then you probably don’t have a good idea of what you will be writing about.
Body of Paper: Use subheadings, where appropriate, to separate different aspects of your paper which support your controlling idea (your thesis). The body of your paper should provide supporting evidence to support your thesis, in a logical, fully developed manner. For each new topic which supports your overall thesis, provide a topic sentence or two which is, in effect, the thesis for that sub-topic. If you do not use subheadings, you need to provide transition sentences to move your reader from one paragraph to the next. Your supporting sub-topics should address these issues: How will this knowledge advance the current science in health and wellness – not in broad, abstract ways, but in concrete ways? What is the major impact of these findings? How will they affect people? What are the benefits to people? Are there any disadvantages? A writer of a research paper should synthesize the information gained from sources and use the sources as evidence to support key points.
Conclusion: Your conclusion should make some “wrap up” statements about what you learned about your chosen topic and the possible impact of your finding. Also, address any issues that may still not be resolved. Don’t be reluctant to address any issues that aren’t easily resolved or have negative or ambiguous outcomes. I am not necessarily looking for a neatly wrapped up conclusion with no loose ends. I am looking for a conscientious, thoughtful look at some topic in your field, sharing of the major significance of this issue, and any unanswered questions, if any, you are still dealing with.
Format: APA (American Psychological Association) style. Length – 600 to 800 words double spaced pages of text (not including cover page, appendices, or reference page). Margins – 1 inch top, bottom, left, right, Do not use pronouns, such as I, me, they, their, he, she, etc. in the paper.
Cover Page – APA format, which should include title, your name, date, and University of West Georgia. The cover page will have a running head and page number.
Reference Page- APA format, make sure use a hanging indent and put your sources in alphabetical order. All the in-text citations should be listed on the reference page. There should be a total of 7-10 sources
Astone, N. M., Ensminger, M., & Juon, H. S. (2002). Early Adult Characteristics and Mortality Among Inner-City African American Women.?American Journal of Public Health,?92(4), 640-645. doi:10.2105/ajph.92.4.640
Galvin, G. (2019). In Minneapolis, A Birth Center Battles Racial Inequity.?U.S. News – The Civic Report,?C14-C17. Retrieved September 13, 2020, from https://www.usnews.com/news/healthiest-communities/articles/2019-10-30/birth-center-offers-holistic-approach-to-pregnancy-care.
Giscombé, C. L., & Lobel, M. (2005). Explaining Disproportionately High Rates of Adverse Birth Outcomes Among African Americans: The Impact of Stress, Racism, and Related Factors in Pregnancy.?Psychological Bulletin,131(5), 662-683. doi:10.1037/0033-2909.131.5.662
Grant, R. (2016). Death After Birth.?Newsweek Global,?167(2), 44-46.
Lieser, M. A. (2018). Navigating A Broken System: Addressing Racial
Disparities in Birth Outcomes.?Midwifery Today, (128), 35-37.
Racial Divide in Maternal Mortality. (2000).?Society,?37(3), 4-5.