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The Homeless as a vulnerable population This article discusses a framework for understanding the nature of the homeless population. It discusses four pathways, increased heat waves, and increased air pollution, increases severity of floods and storms, and it also talks about the distribution of the West Nile Virus. The article discusses why the homeless are amongst the most vulnerable groups to be affect by these changes. The homeless are more likely to have a poorly controlled chronic disease, smoking, respiratory conditions, and mental illness, all of which render them vulnerable to new and resurgent disease processes associated with climate change.
How would you define vulnerable population
Vulnerable populations are those at risk for developing health problems. Someone with poor physical, psychological, or social health. The homeless population is a social group that is vulnerable because the homeless are at increased risk for poor health outcomes. Understanding the nature of homelessness and the relationship between resource availability, relative risks, and health status is critical for nurses to diagnose and treat health-related problems in this vulnerable population (Strehlow & Amos-Jones, 1999).
What Barriers may prevent these groups from obtaining needed services
The homeless population do not have the resources to get what they need to stay healthy. They do not have money, a way of transportation, or a place to call home. Homeless people check in and out of hospitals on a daily basis, they are tossed aside and passed by. They need to follow up with a clinic regularly.
What experiences have you had with vulnerable groups in your own life
Working in a center city ER, I see plenty of homeless people. Some try to be compliant and some openly are not. As nurses we must educate the patients on how important their health is, and what their
References: Ramin, B., & Svoboda, T. (2009). Health of the homeless and climate change. Journal Of Urban Health: Bulletin Of The New York Academy Of Medicine, 86(4), 654-664. Retrieved from EBSCOhost. Strehlow, A., & Amos-Jones, T. (1999). The homeless as a vulnerable population. The Nursing Clinics Of North America, 34(2), 261-274.