Most of the individuals living with Type 2 Diabetes in these low income areas know they have to eat healthier foods in order to control the illness and reduce the risk of getting worse, but they are often confounded by the distance they had to travel in order to buy the healthier foods from the health market, unaffordable prices of buying a healthier nutritious food, and the means of travel to get to the market. Chaufan, Davis, & Constantino (2011), noted that disproportionate risk is caused by living conditions, because living conditions are not natural facts but rather the product of policy decision distributing societal benefits and burdens. The prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes health and lifestyle education programs can be useful in
As a Family Nurse Practitioner, I hope to teach disease prevention and use individualized treatment and advice to incorporate patients’ disease processes into their lifestyle. "Most deaths in the United States are preventable, and they are related to what we eat. Our diet is the number-one cause of premature death and the number-one cause of disability"(Greger & Stone, 2015, p. 1). Knowing those statistics scare me. After getting my Family Nurse Practitioner Degree, I would have the autonomy to educate my patients about their diet and how it can prevent and/or maintain their current
My short-term goals are to enhance my knowledge of medical nutrition therapy, to gain experiences in all aspects of the dietetic field especially in clinical nutrition setting, and to become an RD. My long-term career goals are to become Certified Diabetes Educator, to engage and serve in community nutrition, and to promote wellness and preventive health care for socio-economically and culturally fragile populations. The U.S. population has become increasingly diverse in ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. Therefore, I believe that providing patient-centered education with respect on the differences of cultural, religious, and dietary practices are the keys to becoming a successful educator in nutrition counseling and education.
The community I decided to research and compose this paper is one from which I live, Kent County Michigan. I gathered data from several different resources such as the Kent County Health Department and Michigan Department of Community Health in order to create a community assessment. The data I collected can be broken down into four different assessment pieces.
A windshield survey was conducted in the community of Staten Island, New York to obtain a detailed assessment through visual observations within the surroundings of the community. There are many variations of the definition of community one coming from the World Health Organization defining community as “A group of people, often living in a defined geographical area, who may share a common culture, values and norms, and are arranged in a social structure according to relationships which the community has developed over a period of time” (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2012, p. 397). Community health includes the characteristics that promote positive health of the
One of the major obstacles for researchers in the field of Health Psychology and Aging is understanding the role of health disparities across different populations. Health disparities can be understood in terms of differences in some facet of health and well-being across different groups of people. The issue of health disparities across different populations is one that must be understood not only in the context of genetic and biological factors, but also in the context of a broader sociocultural perspective. The influence of health disparities are implied in the context of aging, but are discussed across the entire lifespan. The existence of health disparities in later life is often a product of a lifelong experience and life-course trajectory. This essay will address some of the major
This neighborhood is very culturally diverse and has a wide range of ages. There are both young and older families living in their neighborhood. Some aspects of the community that could affect resident's health are air pollution, aging populations, and noise disturbances. According to Health People 2020 leading health indicator for this population is environmental hazards. Some populations are disproportionately exposed to environmental hazards. As a result, health disparities exist. Exposures to environmental
A Windshield Survey was completed for the city of Sandy Lake, a town in Northwestern PA with a population of approximately 13,000 people (Quick Facts Census website, 2012). The purpose of the survey is to identify Meadville’s community health needs. In addition to performing the survey, research was performed online to obtain supplemental demographic data. The research resulted in the following information about Meadville:
Should changes be made to the regulations for the foods that are served in public schools? This can be a very controversial question to most people; children with obesity, parents who do not care and for who does care about the health of the children and teachers who only wants what is best for the benefit of the children. This paper will attempt to explain and convince the unknown of why it is very important for our public schools to have a healthy eating curriculum for the children that attends there. If society can find a way to come together for the children of the community to fight to have healthier foods in the community, come together and provide counsel to the children of what healthy eating is all about. This paper will
Another important part of education regarding diet is educating people about the dangers of adopting western dietary habits (Tenkorang, 2017). It would be important to emphasize that failure to make good diet choices can lead to diabetes. Recent immigrant groups need to be educated that adopting Western dietary habits without a conscious effort to make the right, healthy choices would hasten their development of diabetes and other related diseases such as cardiovascular disease. As Tenkorang (2017) observed, it is important to raise awareness among immigrant communities of the effects of such dietary changes in their first few years of arrival when they are most vulnerable. Training healthcare providers in diversity and cross-cultural sensitivity is a key precondition for successfully educating immigrant groups. Ensuring respectful interaction, being culturally sensitive and demonstrating that you care will go a long way in gaining the trust of this group. Increasing the diversity of health care staff and working in partnership with immigrant community leaders and outreach workers are also proven system level solutions that might contribute to improved T2DM compliance and outcomes among recent immigrants (Hyman, Shakya, Jembere, Gucciardi &
Upon reviewing the community vitality data I came to the conclusion that the health problem that a health education program would be most appropriate to address would be childhood nutritional health and fitness. I came to this conclusion after careful data analysis. Of the county’s adults (18+) 77% ate less than five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, this percentage is so high likely because of attitudes and habits these adults picked up when they were children. The second largest age demographic in the county is children aged 10 to 17 are overweight, six percent more than the state average, 88% of children age 10 to 17 are not meeting daily targets for fruit and vegetable consumption and 30% age 10 to 17 watch 3 or
Public health nurses "play a strategic role in helping reduce environmental and lifestyle-related health hazards by promoting a positive lifestyle, including exercise, stress management, accident prevention, weight maintenance, and nutrition education that is sensitive to socio-economic status and cultural beliefs” ("Obesity's Impact on Public Health Nursing," n.d.). Nurses can help by involving themselves in policy development by being active participants in the policy process as it closely resembles the nursing process. Through community assessments, public health nurses can determine health factors by assessing the socioeconomic, environmental, and behavioral factors of the population to determine interventions
During childhood, I was taught how to maintain good health through health education from my parents. However, during my past volunteer efforts at St. Francis Medical Center, I witnessed how a lack of health education can have devastating effects. Many patients from the surrounding Lynwood community lacked access to basic health guidance, which led to obesity and late stage type II diabetes. I witnessed the debilitating and life-threatening effects of otherwise preventable diseases in these patients, such as heart disease, tissue necrosis, and limb amputation. I hope to place an emphasis on disease prevention in my own work with patients by encouraging them to be vocal and proactive about their health and incorporate exercise, nutrition, and
A community health assessment is a fundamental instrument of public health practice. Its objective is to depict the health of the community, by presenting information on health standing, community health needs, resources, and epidemiologic and other studies of present local health problems. It seeks to recognize target populations that may be at augmented risk of poor health results and to increase a better understanding of their needs, as well as evaluates the larger community surroundings and how it relate to the health of people. It also identifies those areas where better information is desired, particularly information on health differences amid different subpopulations, quality of health care, and the incidence and severity of disabilities in the population. The Community Health Assessment is the foundation for all local public health development, giving the local health component the instance to recognize and network with key community leaders, businesses and concerned residents about health priorities and concerns. This information shapes the foundation of improving the health status of the community by way of a strategic plan (The Municipal Public Health Services Plan Community Health Assessment Guidance and Format, n.d.).
Negative health outcomes plague most cities; things such as pollution, lack of exercise, and poor access to food effect most residents of cities. However, these things disproportionately affect minority groups living within cities. In the United States minority groups are often disadvantaged economically and as such tend to live in less desirable neighborhoods. These neighborhoods are typically near sources of pollution and the houses therein are old and may have lead paint or plumbing and electrical systems that aren’t update to date. Lead paint, lead pipes, and mold are all examples of health hazards lurking in the homes in inner cities.