Develop a 2–4-page report that explains how an organization serves the health care concerns and needs of a population. The report should identify gaps in the health care service, explain strategies to bridge the gaps, and describe potential barriers to those strategies.
Note: The assessments in this course build upon each other. You are strongly encouraged to complete them in sequence.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
•Competency 1: Explain the principles and concepts of disease prevention and health promotion for diverse and vulnerable populations. ◦Identify barriers to implementing evidence-based strategies to bridge gaps in the health care service provided by an organization to a vulnerable or diverse population.
•Competency 2: Develop evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention initiatives for diverse and vulnerable populations. ◦Describe the primary health concern for a vulnerable or diverse population.
◦Identify gaps in the health care service provided by an organization to a vulnerable or diverse population.
◦Explain evidence-based strategies to bridge gaps in the health care service provided by an organization to a vulnerable or diverse population.
•Competency 3: Apply basic epidemiological concepts, data analysis methods, tools, and databases to determine the effectiveness of health promotion and disease prevention initiatives for diverse and vulnerable populations. ◦Explain how a health care organization serves the primary health care concerns of a vulnerable or diverse population.
•Competency 5: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the health care professions. ◦Write content clearly and logically, with correct use of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
◦Correctly format paper, citations, and references using APA style
Pérez and Luquis (2014) stated, “Integrating cultural proficiency practices into the individual practices of health educators and public health organizational policies is a call to action” (p. 50). It is important for those in health care to be aware of the methods used to identify and evaluate the specific health care needs of individuals, communities, and populations, and to understand the meaning of health literacy as it pertains to the needs of a multicultural population or group.
With a growing diverse population, the incorporation of cultural and linguistic competence should be included into the planning, implementation, and evaluation of health education and promotion programs. “In this process, it is essential to employ theoretical models that describe and explain culture and related concepts (Pérez & Luquis, 2014, p. 165). Cultural constructs need to be applied to all health education, promotion, and prevention interventions targeting diverse communities (Pérez & Luquis, 2014).
Pérez, M. A., & Luquis, R. R. (2014). Cultural competence in health education and health promotion (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Questions to Consider
To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.
•What factors are most likely to affect health promotion and wellness for vulnerable and diverse populations?
•How would you assess your own cultural competence?
The following optional resources are provided to support you in completing the assessment or to provide a helpful context. For additional resources, refer to the Research Resources and Supplemental Resources in the left navigation menu of your courseroom.