Supervisor Essay

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Vulnerable Populations in Current Events Paper Vulnerable population is defined as whatever is putting that population at-risk; vulnerable population implies that a certain population is defenseless or helpless. For example, new born babies, especially those born premature; people with HIV, no health insurance, the homeless, immigrants, refugees and the elderly are considered a vulnerable group. Vulnerable populations continue to grow despite the efforts made in the United States to reduce or eliminate disparities in healthcare. Studies find that Americans living in poverty are much more likely to be in fair or poor health and have disabling conditions, and are less likely to have used many types of healthcare.1 Barriers that may prevent the vulnerable populations from obtaining needed services may include sex, age, race, ethnicity, insurance coverage, income and absence of a usual source of care. 1,4-8 their health and healthcare problems intersect with social factors, including housing, poverty, and inadequate education.2 Vulnerable populations who refused to seek medical attention because of lack of trust in the health-care system and insurance. For instance, my sixty-three year old aunt has been diagnosing with high blood pressure and high cholesterol for the past three years does not want to go to the doctor. She thinks that going to the doctor is a waste of time and money, because she does not have health care insurance. She loves salts and she does not check blood pressure regularly; my aunt believes in natural medicine, therefor, she believes taking raw garlic daily would help decrease her blood pressure and cholesterol. References 1. National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States 2005. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2005. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pub d/hus/state.htm. Accessed

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