Creating A Healthier Community Through Disease Prevention And Health Promotion

816 Words Apr 1st, 2016 4 Pages
Creating a healthier community through disease prevention and health promotion is an important part of enhancing health. “Prevention oriented approaches and services decrease morbidity and mortality rates” (Harkness and DeMarcus, 2016, p.32) As a nurse, it is our responsibility to serve the community and promote health by educating individuals the importance of disease prevention and good health practices. Nurses or healthcare staff must be involved in their community and identify the health problems and create an implementation to improve the health and safety of individuals. Federal government generated Healthy People 2020 to improve the health of many Americans. One of the goal of Healthy People 2020 is to “attain high-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death”

Harwood Heights is a great community that I live in. However, there are many health problems that require proper interventions to take place. The three key indicators that I view as a problem in my communities are the Substance abuse (alcohol), Tobacco use, and Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. The excessive use of alcohol and tobacco use by teenagers and adults in this community is something that is not vocalized. Alcohol and Tobacco use are a major health concern in this community because there were never a conversation about signs of alcohol abuse and excessive use of tobacco. Likewise, the community is surrounded by many fast foods and…

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