Vulnerable Population Essay

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Vulnerable Population University of Phoenix Health Assessment and Promotion for Vulnerable Population NUR 440 Abstract According to Fitzpatrick-Lewis, Ganann, and Krishnaratne (2011) “Being homeless negatively impacts health as people who are homeless or marginally housed have less access to healthcare and poorer health outcomes than those living in stable condition” (p. 2). In America, people are becoming homeless for a variety of reasons. Some homeless people have addiction problems, some are illiterate, mentally ill, and they are veterans as well. On the other hand, others have experienced a string of bad luck and joblessness. At the end of the day, having no roof over their head is a hard reality that homeless people faced. Vulnerable Population How would you define a vulnerable population? Vulnerable population refers to those individuals who cannot speak for themselves, and who are in disadvantaged secondary to physical illness, age, mental disability, housing instability, or legal status. “Vulnerable populations are those at risk for poor physical, psychological, or social health. Anyone can be vulnerable at any given point in time as a result of life circumstances or response to illness or events “ (de Chesnay & Anderson, 2008, p. 3). What barriers may prevent these groups from obtaining needed services? Barriers such as poor economy, mental illness, physical illness/limitations, and addiction problems prevent vulnerable populations from obtaining needed services. Some veterans are homeless because they must wait a long time to receive their disability benefits, and they cannot work, leading them with no money and no homes after returning from war. Many veterans may become drug abusers and decide no to go back to their families while struggling with this problem, finding themselves on the streets. Mental illness and post-traumatic

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