Health Disparities Among Homeless Women And Their Children

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Health Disparities Among Homeless Women and Their Children
Geraldine Barron
Denver School of Nursing
Cohort C Health Disparities Among Homeless Women and Their Children
Health care disparities is known for its vulnerability among low income and minority status populations. Of most concern are the vulnerable population subgroups known by the harsh environments in which they live, their endangered and unhealthy life styles and the illnesses and injuries that afflict them. “These subpopulations include refugees and immigrants, people living with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), alcohol and substance abusers, high-risk mothers and infants, victims of family or other violence, and the chronically ill” (Teruya, Longshore, Andersen, Arangua, Nyamathi, Leake & Gelberg, 2010, p.1). “Among these vulnerable sub populations, one with some of the greatest health and health care disparities, is the homeless especially homeless women and their children” (Teruya et al., 2010, p.1).
People often think that homelessness only affects men and women but in reality homelessness also affects families “It is estimated that 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness every year. Among this group, 17 percent are single women and 30 percent are families with children” (Finfgeld-Connet, 2010, p.1). It is said that women along with their children are among the fastest growing homeless population and not only does it impact women but it also impacts their children significantly.
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