Week 3 DQ 1 What is the difference between a group"at risk...

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Week 3 DQ 1 What is the difference between a group "at risk" for poor health and a group considered a "vulnerable" population? Provide an example of an "at risk" or "vulnerable population" group in the United States and one in another country (or immigrants within the United States). 1. Explain why members of these groups cannot advocate for themselves or why advocating for these groups would be beneficial. 2. What would you advocate for? 3. Identify ethical issues that need to be addressed when working with these individuals. 4. Provide information about the selected "at risk" group. How many individuals fall into this group and what are some issues they face. Response: Vulnerable populations are groups that are not well integrated into the health care system because of ethnic, cultural, economic, geographic, or health characteristics ( Maurer & Smith, 2013). This isolation puts members of these groups at risk for not obtaining necessary medical care, and thus constitutes a potential threat to their health ( Maurer & Smith, 2013). Commonly cited examples of vulnerable populations include people who live in poverty, the homeless, racial and ethnic minorities, the young such as infants and children, the geriatrics, and people with mental and/or physical disabilities ( Maurer & Smith, 2013). The vulnerable populations have health disparities which reduces their access to receive quality health care. People who are have low income or live in poverty may not have health insurance, means to pay for healthcare treatments like medications or test, may not have access to transportation, or housing with proper utilities ( Maurer & Smith, 2013). They may have language and cultural barriers that hinder them from accessing needed health care. These are just examples of reasons why they have a difficult time advocating for themselves ( Maurer & Smith, 2013). Advocating for the vulnerable and at- risk population would help reduce the risk for acute and chronic diseases such as HIV, STDs, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. This writer would advocate for the elderly because they lack resources, have financial and cultural barriers, and biases. The elderly who live on a fixed income may not have the financial means to obtain regular health screening and testing, medications for treatment, and transportation to attend doctor visits. They also may not have a support system available to assist them. I work in the geriatric community and I see the struggles these people face daily. Many cannot afford medication for their chronic illness and go without treatment. As they age, they have many health issues and will forgo health screening because they don’t have transportation or the money for the doctor office visit. People in this age group also have physical limitations
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