Begin reviewing and replying to peer postings/responses early in the week to enhance peer discussion. See the rubric for participation points. Participate in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing viewpoints with a rationale, challenging aspects of the discussion, or indicating relationships between two or more lines of reasoning in the discussion. Always use constructive language, even in criticism, to work toward the goal of positive progress.
Vulnerable populations are those whose health issues may be enhanced by social factors and experience greater risk factors, worse access to care, and increased morbidity and mortality compared to the general public (Joszt, 2018). This can include the chronically ill and disabled, low-income or homeless individuals, certain geographical communities, LGBTQ+ populations, and the very old and very young.
In my community I can tell you about our Georgia Pines Behavioral Center that is state funded to provide mental health services from counseling to referrals for crisis interventions. To be eligible for services you need a valid Georgia ID, proof of household income, and Medicaid or Medicare documentation, If you do not have Medicaid or Medicare they do offer payment assistance.
Two other facilities that are located in my community are the Georgia Farm Worker Health Clinic and Primary Care of Southwest Georgia. These two clinics are very similar in that they are both federally funded and base service fees off of a sliding scale from proof of income. Each clinic offers a variety of different services, but are essentially equal in primary care. The differences are Primary Care of Southwest Ga is considered an FQHC, which is a Federally Qualified Community Health Center and serves the entire community. The Farm Worker Health Clinic only serves people that work in agriculture and can show proof of income from agriculture work. Anyone who lives in the same household as them also qualify. Having facilities in my community are a blessing since there are so many counties and towns that do not have any access to health care near them.
Joszt, L. (2018). 5 vulnerable populations in healthcare. American Journal of Managed Care. Retrieved from https://www.ajmc.com/views/5-vulnerable-populations-in-healthcare
The population that I chose to research resources were the homeless people in the my area. The three organizations I found were Western Tidewater Community Services Board, Social Services and For Kids. All three of these organizations are non-profit organizations that assist with the community. The CSB helps the homeless population with medication, case management services, food vouchers, financial assistance vouchers, clothes. Social services also helps the homeless with money and food. They link them to other resources as well. For Kids assist with shelters (they have homes), money, food, clothes (Good Mojo Store), crisis line, job coaching, mental health coordination and case management.
Each organization is funded similar and differently at times. The CSB is funded through donations and state issued grants. They also get reimbursements from Medicaid when they provided certain services. Social services is funded by local and state funds. Lastly, For Kids is funded my grants from both local and state pools. They also use donations due to them being a non-profit.
I think that all three organizations are able to provide good services/ support to the homeless because each one of them might know other services that can assist. Also, if they work together can provide a better solution for the population.
For Kids. (n.d.). Family Homelessness | ForKids | Norfolk, VA. ForKids. Retrieved October 13, 2020, from https://www.forkids.org/
Social Services | Suffolk, VA. (n.d.). Suffolk Social Services. Retrieved October 13, 2020, from http://www.suffolkva.us/760/Social-Services
Western Tidewater CSB. (2020, October 8). Western Tidewater Community Services Board: Forward, Together. Western Tidewater Community Services Board. https://www.wtcsb.org/
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