Miami-Dade County Vulnerable Population Analysis

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When I think of the vulnerable population, the thought of children and the elderly comes to mind. In today’s vastly diverse society, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are many others that fall into this population. The CDC defines these other group as follow: “vulnerable populations as defined by race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, geography, gender, age, disability status, risk status related to sex and gender, and among other populations identified as at-risk for health disparities” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2014). In Miami-Dade County there is a world-renowned medical system named Jackson Health System. It is considered by Miami-Dade residents and the county as the most …show more content…
Their mission statement states “To build the health of the community by providing a single, high standard of quality care for the residents of Miami-Dade County” (“About Jackson,” n.d.). Their goal “is to understand and meet the healthcare needs of both current residents and a growing population while staying true to its mission” (Health Council of South Florida, 2015). The goals of Health People 2020 are for people to attain quality longevity, free of disease, injuries, death and disability that can be prevented; attain equal health for all and terminate disparity; generate social and physical territories, promoting good health; promote quality of life, healthful development, and healthful behaviors during all life stages via their health objectives. Jackson Health System continues its attempts to reach and achieve the goals the Healthy People 2020 by performing what is titled a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). In order for Jackson to stay true to its mission and continuously attempt to meet and address the goals of Healthy People 2020, Jackson partnered with the Health Council of South Florida to perform this comprehensive community assessment (Health Council of South Florida, 2015). After the assessment was performed the council prepared a report giving the most accurate numbers possible and compared …show more content…
The first is by going out into the community and performing surveillance and research of the lower social economic members of our community, to find out what difficulties they have if any to getting their yearly immunizations, annual checkups, and what their current medical needs are. A second way they can be an asset is by reaching out to the public and informing them of the current and new medical services the hospital system has to offer, and teaching the public about healthy life style choices. By doing these two things the public health nurse becomes a mobile advertising voice of the Jackson Health System, making people aware of services they may have not known about before. According to Kulbok, Thatcher, Park, and Meszaros (2012), public health nurses roles reach out past caring for the ill and encircle advocacy, community organization, teaching about personal health, and political and social

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