Health Care Disparities Health care disparities are unfortunate and being culturally competent is an essential step toward eliminating these inequalities. In this discussion, I will review what disparities are associated with the Appalachian culture and how they affect health status, employment, and education. I will also identify two nursing interventions that could be taken to help decrease the affect that health disparities have on the Appalachians and review what the biggest challenge would be when implementing the interventions. There are about 27 million people that live in the area defined as the Appalachian region, which spans 13 states.
Coal is king, it controls the economy, and many states rely on it for electricity. Yet, many families involved in the gathering of coal are experiencing profound economic difficulty. This must be resolved to improve the economic disparity in West Virginia. Many mining families experience this difficulty, due to health risks and job situations. “In just the past twenty years, air pollution from coal plants have shortened the lives of more than half a million Americans.” (Jeff Goddell, 2006). Mining kills even those uninvolved in the production of it. There are a vast amount of environmental sanctions and safety standards in mines, yet most do not follow them correctly. Companies must pay for all of this, yet they want to be able to make profit.
The once prosperous town of Mound Bayou no longer has many of the community investments the founding fathers worked to establish. In 1907, Mound Bayou was estimated to have approximately 4,000 residents as stated by The Jackson Free Press. The present population has decreased to about half of this peak. The community’s median household income is below the Mississippi state average and 46 percent of the residents are below the U.S. poverty line. As a small community with many rural qualities, the residents of Mound Bayou are faced with a myriad of risk factors.
The impact that residential segregation and health disparities among African Americans have is minorities become sicker and die more often because they lack medical insurance or have unhealthy lifestyles. Minorities receive unequal treatment from the medical system, regardless of economic status and insurance coverage. These researchers say segregation’s negative impact on health is true particularly for African-Americans, who studies consistently show are most likely to live apart from other racial-ethnic groups. Blacks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have the highest overall death rate in the country. The rate of high blood pressure among African-Americans is highest not just in the nation, but also in the world, the American Heart Association reports, as is the percentage of black men who contract prostate
For instance, African American have a distrust in medical institutions. Their distrust in medical institutions prevents many African Americans from getting regular checkups. Even more, African Americans are less likely to be covered by medical insurance so it is difficult for them to afford proper medical treatment. Therefore, having a community assessment of an African American community to list their medical needs can provide substantial evidence to prove the community lacks medical facilities. For the purpose of community medical improvement, gathering a group of people within the community to form a committee can empower the community to help develop a plan to educate their own community members.
There should be some kind of incentive program for providers to encourage them to open a practice in a rural area. I am glad thing have worked out for you and your son is getting better. Have you ever thought about using your voice to your area political representative? I say this because you lived not having adequate providers for years for your son and I think you can shed some awareness on a need for more
The uneven distribution of health care workers in the surrounding communities will be addressed by providing incentives to the workers in wealthier districts who are willing to be relocated to work in the poor areas. The need for more attention to behavioral health in the community can be attended to by establishing mandatory screenings at primary care visits which will test for various mental health issues. The problem of bed shortages for patients in the hospitals can be solved by partnering up with other outpatient facilities to take on patients who are required to stay for more than one day in the hospital. We will also try to recover from the exclusion of the SHR health care plan for state employees in Arizona, in 2008, by lowering the costs of SHR’s plan in relation to the other two competing
Some areas in the United States face higher rates of crime and drug abuse. This contributes to the prevalence of health disparities within different communities. In order to eliminate or decrease the distinct difference between areas that are at higher health risks than others one must begin to understand why they exist.
Summary of Findings This project discusses key health disparities that exist between Blacks and Whites in the United States Health Care System. This analysis also discusses the historical origins of the health disparities that exist between Blacks and Whites in the U.S. Health care system. This analysis describes the complex social, political and health factors of health disparities between Black and Whites. This describes the steps individuals can take to combat racism and decrease health disparities among African Americans and whites.
Sources define the term health disparities as differences between different communities and their health care, as well as the health differences that are linked to disadvantages in communities including age, gender, racial or ethnic group, and geographic locations. Health disparities are directly related to the distribution of social, political, economic, and environmental resources. The CDC explains multiple factors health disparities are caused by including poverty, environmental threats, inadequate access to health care, individual and behavioral factors, and educational inequalities (William, 2011). Inequities in education have a key relationship with health disparities. Adolescents associated with social and health problems tend to drop out of school. It has been proven that good health is associated with academic success. Many health risks have a major impact on how well a child performs in school. Studies show that children lacking education have a higher chance on
Disparities in health care have been an ongoing issue for more than two decades. Evidence suggests that disparities in women and minority population continue to be problematic, with little progress being made to eliminate them. Ethnic and disparities exist for several different reasons. However, several national organizations have made efforts to reduce health disparities, including the Institute of Medicine, (IOM), and the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) as well as Healthy People 20/20.
When it comes down to women, America’s Healthcare system has its ups and downs. Fortunately, a lot of women in the US have access to healthcare and can get medical treatments when they need one. In less developing countries women don’t always get medical attention because they can’t afford it. In that aspect, women in America have more health care benefits than women in poor countries. However, there are still women in America who are underserved, and uninsured and can’t afford health care due to poverty which leads them to not having proper medical care.