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Assignment 1

Selecting a topic and sources for your persuasive speech

During Week Four, you will be selecting a topic for your persuasive speech and identifying credible sources to help you present your strongest arguments to the audience.

First, let us know what topic are you considering using for your persuasive speech? Why do you think that topic will be an appropriate choice for this audience of undergraduate college students?

Second, list two credible sources relating to your persuasive speech topic. These sources should come from the South University Online Library. Explain why these sources are credible ones (for example, is it an article from a peer-reviewed journal? Is the author a respected authority in this field?)

Conduct an assessment of the health care environment where you work (i.e. health department, long-term care facility, specialty clinic, inpatient hospital, etc). Specifically, examine potential barriers that may exist for a member of a minority group that has a significant presence in your community (i.e. Native American, Cubans, Hmong). Using the criteria below (and explained in greater detail on pages 39 and 40), assess the potential organizational barriers to care in your work environment. Explore ways to decrease barriers to health care for this minority group so that your organization can strive for cultural competency.

  • Availability
  • Accessibility
  • Affordability
  • Appropriateness
  • Accountability
  • Adaptability
  • Acceptability
  • Awareness
  • Attitudes
  • Approachability
  • Alternative practices and practitioners
  • Additional services
  • The assignment should be between 1500 and 2000 words in length and contain at least two scholarly sources, in addition to the textbook and provided material. Please submit your assignment in one APA formatted document.


Purnell, L., (2013). Transcultural healthcare: A culturally competent approach (4th ed.). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.