Written expression is an important quality for any form of civil discourse. Equally important, and intimately related to this
requirement, is the ability to demonstrate clarity and organization of thought. Developing, communicating, and
defending ideas is a crucial element in the writing process. The ability to anticipate and defend counterarguments is
also an important factor in this process. To that end, this final assignment is meant to draw on your
experiences throughout this course and culminate in a persuasive essay that demonstrates your ability to find evidence
and use logic to make your case for or against the fundamental question of:
Can Racial Equity Exist in American Health Care?
Please find the grading rubric above. You should have used it to generate an outline for the body of this paper
already. Be sure to use the rubric to structure your Argumentative Essay with each component that is asked of
you. As stated previously, proper citation of references is required and is a function of academic integrity as
well as a professional expectation.
Don’t forget that this is a final assignment and should therefore encompass content from throughout the
The paper should be as direct and concise as possible. While there is no page number or line spacing
requirements, most papers come in around the 6-8 page range double spaced.
Follow the rubric like a recipe, with each section following the next as listed, in order.
Label each section just as they are in the rubric and outline so the reader can easily follow your essay
from Introduction to Major Problems of the Case, to Arguments, etc.
The opening statement should briefly. explain the aim of the paper and state your position (CAN or
CANNOT) and main arguments briefly.
The major problems of the case should start broadly regarding inequity in the health care system and
then outline the major issues around racism and its role in health disparities as you’ve been learning
throughout this class. This is your chance to broadly_provide an overview and demonstrate your
understanding of the key components of this course.
Then proceed to convince the reader on your position through evidence-based and logical arguments
(minimum of 3).
You are not limited in the materials to use to support your paper. Use materials from throughout
this class as well as your skills in being an educated consumer of knowledge to find and provide solid
foundations for your arguments. Ensure that they capture a wide variety of angles rather than slight
variations on one theme (ex: Implicit Bias is .
For counterarguments (minimum of 2), determine what you think an opponent of your position would
use as their strongest arguments and then use evidence and logic to further defend your position.
For the plausible solutions and/or compromises (minimum of 2), think of common ground ideas that
could work towards a more just system of health care for all. You do not need to provide every detail and
steps in planning, just 2-3 ideas and brief explanations as to how and why they could work.
Conclude the paper by restating your position with strong, convincing language, as if it were the most
critical issue at hand today (it kind of is).