The Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS) Healthy People 2010 framework made a statement about a nation's concern for health. The two goals established were to increase quality and years of healthy life, and to eliminate health disparities.
This assignment asks you to identify, reflect on, and build awareness about disparities in health and diseases between ethnic and racial groups. The following activities or considerations are important in preparing to submit your assignment:
In a 2–3 page paper, address the following:
- Select two ethnic or racial groups. Identify and discuss in detail at least one illness or disease for which this group shows a high incidence rate. Include your explanation, or hypothesis, for the possible reasons involved.
- For the two groups you select, consider one health care disparity for each. Identify possible explanations for the disparity in relation to each group. As you think about locus of control, to what extent do you think each ethnic or racial group has control over decreasing health care disparities?
- Place yourself in the role of a health care leader. Imagine that your hospital had a significant aging population among patients. How important would it be for your staff to understand disease prevention and health promotion for the aging, and how might you lead this effort?
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