Demographic information and health disparity
There is disparity in the community although improvement is possible.
There is difference in the quality and access of health care based on the differences in the level of income, place of residence and education.
Demographic trends in the community indicates that many people are vulnerable to suffering the effects of disparities in health care.
Health care disparities
Disparity refers to the state of being unequal, as in rank, degree or age.
Some patients in the community will receive fewer medications due to differences in individual choice, underlying disease processes, or systematic barriers to getting the required medications.
Action to reduce disparities
There need to be promising interventions and programs aimed at reducing the burden of risk factors or disease for the community health problems.
There is need to champion the implementation of effective programs and policies, as well as ensuring accountability.
The population of the community is estimated to be approximately 100, 000 people.
Approximately 33%, or about 20, 000 people identify themselves to be belonging to the minority population.
Approximately 51%, or 50, 000, are women.
Approximately 12% of the people not living residential care facilities or nursing homes, have a disability.
Approximately 70, 000 people live in the rural areas while about 23, 000 live in the urban areas.
An estimated 4% of the population aged between 18 to 44 identified themselves as gay, transgender, lesbian, or bisexual.
The health of the community is influenced by the quality of education, quality of food, availability of health insurance, and the availability of transportation system. S
Why health care disparities matter
Health care disparities limit improvement in the quality of population health and quality of care, thus resulting in unnecessary costs.
Countering disparities in health care is not only vital from the standpoint of social justice, but also for the improvement of the whole population.
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