Posted: January 7th, 2023
Discussion: Community Health Issues.
To prepare for this Discussion, you will be required to read the assigned chapters in your Stanhope and Lancaster text. Then, call the Department of Health or your local Public Health Department and speak to a nurse. Find out the top health concern(s) for your community. Please focus your attention on the unique tools that nurses who work in the community utilize to care for populations, including the Intervention Wheel.Discussion: Community Health Issues.
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Please listen to Dr. Attia’s Ted Talk in the resources for this week and then respond to the following questions:
• Pick a top health issue in your community and describe some ways in which a nurse might improve this issue at the population level.
• Are the problems that your colleagues are sharing the same as you are seeing in your communities, or are they different?
• Help each other consider different aspects of intervention(s) at the system and community levels of care to address health problems in their own communities. Consider Dr. Attia’s profound message as you respond to your peers and think outside the box.Discussion: Community Health Issues.
Post your response to this Discussion.
Support your response with references from the professional nursing literature.
Notes Initial Post: This should be a 3-paragraph (at least 350 words) response. Be sure to use evidence from the readings and include in-text citations. Utilize essay-level writing practice and skills, including the use of transitional material and organizational frames. Avoid quotes; paraphrase to incorporate evidence into your own writing. A reference list is required. Use the most current evidence (usually ≤ 5 years old).Discussion: Community Health Issues.
Community Health Issues
Access to health services by low-income individuals is a top health issue in my community. With numerous contradictory priorities, these individuals are required to choose between the financial security of their families and their health and they often offer precedence to food and housing prior to being concerned about their health.Discussion: Community Health Issues. A public health nurse can improve the access of the low-income population to health care by advocating for care services that these individuals can access. As Stanphone and Lancaster (2019) indicate, nurses can advocate for convenient locations to enhance accessibility. Home visits, mobile vans and neighborhood clinics can take health care individuals who are not able to access it. Nurses can also offer education and training to low-income individuals on how to navigate the health care scheme. This population requires training and education in recognizing their problems, strategies for preventing diseases as well as lifestyle choices that impact their health (Stanphone & Lancaster, 2015).Discussion: Community Health Issues.
The problems that my colleagues are sharing are the same as the ones I am seeing in my communities. Low-income individuals in both my communities and my colleagues’ communities are unable to access health care services because they cannot afford them and those working are unable to take time off to go to hospital and they are often not given paid sick leave. According to Stanphone and Lancaster (2015), although the poorest Americans are covered by Medicaid, they report the worst health outcomes. The main reasons for failure, difficulty or delay to access care entail incapability to pay for health care along with several reasons related to insurance, such as failure of insurers to approve, cover or reimburse for care and refusal of physicians to recognize the insurance plan. Other obstacles entail lack of information and time and lack of transportation.Discussion: Community Health Issues.
Public health nurses in collaboration with other health professionals in the community can utilize Healthy People goals along with their community evaluation data to determine program and organizational goals for the people they serve and their communities (Schoon et al, 2015). At the community level, public health interventions include modification of the risk factors that contribute to population health problems through eliminating or weakening the risk factors or modification of protective factors that improve the capability of the population to manage their healthcare in a better way. At the system level, health systems and hospitals can recognize and address the unmet social needs of the people they serve and refer them to suitable resources. Nurses can advocate for the screening of social determinants of health to be made a standard practice (Williams et al, 2018).Discussion: Community Health Issues.Discussion: Community Health Issues.
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