FHS 327 Week 1 Lecture Notes
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FHS 327 Lecture Notes Week #1 Sept 29 Basic Civics Knowledge—What Every Human Service Professional Should Know Human service professionals are generally not politically active o Most HSPs don’t understand how human services are funded o Most HSPs don’t understand our system of governance o Most HSPs don’t understand the importance of lobbying Funding Basics o Top Five sources of human service funding Federal government State government County government City government Private donations o Federal Federal Entitlement Programs o State state operated programs o County county operated programs o City city operated programs o Private Donors, State, County, City Private Nonprofit funded human services o Federal State County City o Matching funds: federal govern pays part, state pays part Ex: Medicaid Federal Budget o These are the federal Entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid o 60% Mandated (required) Budget (entitlements) o 40% Discretionary (non required) Budget—everything else (these $ are appropriated (negotiated through the legislative process) Our Government o The process of creating funding for human services take place at the federal, state, county and local level o Public policy change requires that people be informed about our government o We used to teak that in k-12 (“civics”) Lobbying (is not a dirty word) o What’s in your wallet?--> special interest card? o Name some common special interest groups that you might be associated with: Credit card companies AAA Health insurance companies NOHS University of Oregon Unions Car insurance companies Any others? o What do you notice about this list? For the most part, human service interests are not well represented Lobbying for Human Services o Golden Triangle: how human services can create plan to lobby for vulnerable people People who will benefit Decision makers key political figures Advocates and supporters o Advocates and Supporters (lobbying) Decision makers key political figures This is the basic model for creating policies to help vulnerable people o Iron Triangle—non human service orgs for changes in policy that will be beneficial to their constituencies When looking for information about an issue…how do I know what to believe? What is credible? o Evidence that author knows what they’re talking about? o With what org are they associated? o Are there links to other credible sources? o Clues that the site is biased? o Is the site current? o What kind of site? (personal, .edu, .gov, .news, etc)
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