Caring for Vulnerable Populations (graded)
Review the Week 3 Case Study that is found in Course Resources. This case study focuses on a vulnerable young woman who is facing many risk factors.
- Discuss several risk factors that may impact health outcomes for vulnerable populations.
Assurance is one of the three core functions of public health. Find a resource in your community (other than WIC) that could assist Mary during her pregnancy. Start by searching the Internet for your local health department’s website. What services does it provide for pregnant women, those living in poverty, or those with mental health concerns? What about your local welfare office? Does it provide prenatal or mental health services? Are there any service organizations, crisis pregnancy centers, or churches providing help for pregnant women or those experiencing mental health concerns? (The Internet, your local newspaper, and the telephone book may also help you locate resources.)
- Briefly describe the types of services that you found.
- Choose one agency and assess this agency in terms of the 4 A’s. Is it accessible, acceptable, affordable, or available for Mary or other pregnant women that you case manage?
- Are there adequate resources for other vulnerable populations in your community?
It is not enough to just identify the needs of vulnerable populations. It is essential that nurses intervene to address the issues or problems. Community resources assist these groups in meeting their needs. It will be very interesting to read about the resources available in your community that would be appropriate for Mary during her pregnancy. It will give you a perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of your community on meeting the needs of the pregnant population. Then take it one step further, and assess one agency using the 4 As (accessibility, acceptability, affordability, and availability). Are there adequate resources for other vulnerable populations in your community?