Private Initiatives: Project HealthDesign is an example of privately funded programs addressing SES disparities, through which undergraduate students volunteer in community clinics and connect patients with local health resources. 8. Definition of the list of the health policy issues for each of the following subpopulations: a. The elderly: Containing cost – elderly are prohibitive to seeking care Reforming the health system to better serve a new, large generation of the elderly Increasing quality of life as far as possible into old age b. The chronically ill: Worldwide increases in the number of chronically ill patients – the primary care system will need to be fundamentally overhauled to accommodate the increase of the chronically ill Uncoordinated and disorganized service delivery – suffer from disorganized and high costs of health care. Many alternatives have been introduced but none have been implemented Combined barriers of the chronically ill uninsured – face high barriers to care in that they are more likely than those with coverage to have no visited a health professional and to not have a standard site for care. More likely to use emergency care as primary care c. The mentally ill: Rising mental illness and mental disability – half of all Americans are affected by at least one mental disorder in their lifetime Marginalization of mental health services – marginalization is when a person or idea is pushed side in favor of another Shortage of mental health professionals – the need for an increased number of mental health professionals may be exacerbated by a major legislative development in
mental healthcare d. Women and children: Women tend to live longer, report more physically and mentally unhealthy days per month, and have higher chronic rates of health conditions than in men. Health risk in women especially those that are poor involve them less likely meeting their minimum physical activity and more than likely become obese Prenatal care for women of racial and ethnic minorities are shown to receive care at lower rates and maternal cigarette smoking is the leading cause of asthma, obesity, and ADHD in children Health issues that children face are obesity, asthma, and ADHD, which may stem from poverty e. The disabled: The need for specialized care – the Institute of Medicine predicts substantial growth in the disabled elderly population over the next 30 years; increasing levels of disability
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