Evaluation Of Leininger 's Theory Of Culture Care Diversity And Universality

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Evaluation of Leininger’s Theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality Camille E. Dantzler Simmons College of Nursing Though not presently practicing, my long term goal is to provide primary care to the underserved rural population in my home state of West Virginia. Due to health disparities, this population is plagued by preventable disease. West Virginia is commonly referred to as the fattest state in the country. Along with Mississippi, it ranks number one for obesity prevalence in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2013). Along with obesity comes commonly associated comorbidities. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, and various cancers contribute to increased rates of mortality which are also significantly higher than those of the United States as a whole (West Virginia Bureau of Public Health, West Virginia Health and Human Resources, 2012). Rates of preventable disease among the state’s minorities as well as reported cases of obesity among youth are higher than national prevalence (West Virginia Bureau of Public Health, West Virginia Health and Human Resources, 2012). Many factors are related to health disparities in this population. West Virginia is the only state fully seated within the Appalachian region of the United States. Regions within the state, especially more rural areas in the southernmost portion, have long been associated with poverty, lower levels of education, limited access to

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