Unmet Challenges Of Unmet Health Needs

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Unmet Health Needs in Alpena Michigan Identifying unmet health needs in our communities and making changes to meet those unmet needs are essential skills that a nurse practitioner needs to implement in their practice. Several unmet health needs have been identified in Alpena, Michigan, addressing these needs will improve the health of the residents of the community. After Hours Healthcare Alpena, Michigan is a rural community of approximately 10,000 residents, only one hospital is within seventy miles, Mid-Michigan Medical Center is the only after-hours care for residents of Alpena. All clinics in Alpena have hours of 8am to 5pm. Walk-in hours to these clinics are limited to only specific days and limited hours. Alpena residents utilize Mid-Michigan Medical Center for urgent care and as an after hour clinic. It would be beneficial for the community to expand the hours of operation of clinics for all residents to be able to utilize walk-in and urgent care without the extra cost of having to utilize the hospital services. It would decrease the waiting time for patients that need to be seen at the emergency room and free up ER rooms for true emergencies. Cardiovascular Heart Disease Heart disease and stoke is the leading cause of death in Alpena, Michigan (Michigan Department of Community Health, 2014a). There are three risk factors associated with heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015b).
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