On the Healthy People 2020 website, the 2020 LHI topic, Social Determinants, explains that a national indicator of health is measured by “Students who graduate with a regular diploma 4 years after starting 9th grade” . According to the data, as a nation, are we improving or declining, and why is this important to our health as a country?
As you consider the discussion question this week, here is some additional food for thought…
There are many strategies that nurses use to promote the health of individuals and prevent disease. Using these strategies and tools to address two priority areas, tobacco use and obesity prevention and reduction, will make a significant difference in the health of Americans while meeting the Healthy People 2020 goals and objectives. Remember the formality of exercise is not what is important. Routine and consistency, such as walking 30 to 60 minutes a day for 3 to 5 days a week, is the key to success.
Outline health promotion plans, strategies, and interventions based on the nursing process and selected Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators
Summarize the professional nurse’s role in developing and delivering health promotion strategies and interventions to communities, individuals, and families
Apply concepts of holistic health as a strategy for health promotion planning for individuals and families
Health Promotion Strategies and Interventions
Defining Community Health and Wellness
Threats to the Health of Individuals Within Communities
Nursing’s Role in Community, Family, and Individual Health Promotion
Potter, P.A., Perry, A.G., Stockert, P., & Hall, A. (2017). Fundamentals of nursing. (9thed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.
Education has come out as a social determinant of health. The aspect goes to the point of measuring health by assessing the “students who graduate with regular diploma 4 years after starting 9th grade.” According to data, we are improving on this aspect as a country. The percentage of students graduating in this respect has increased by [cmppp_restricted] 8% when comparing the 2010-2011 and 2016-2017 school years. In the 2010-2011 school year, the proportion was 79%, while in the 2016-2017 year, the proportion went up to 85% ( Healthy People 2020). This is a positive aspect since it shows a move towards 87%, which is the HP2020 target. This is important to the country’s health since it has an impact on varied aspects of life and health outcomes. Education is an aspect that is associated with improved health and quality of life, longer life expectancy, health-promoting behaviors like not smoking, regular physical activities, and getting routine checkups, among other things.
Among the relevant health promotion strategies and intervention is enabling. This is an aspect that focuses on attaining equity in health. This includes a favorable foundation to secure desired life skills, access to information, and opportunities for making healthy choices (Evans et al., 2017). This is something that is enabled by ensuring students get the desired education level. The role of a professional nurse in developing and delivering health strategies and promotion involves enabling individuals, families, and communities to increase control over their lives. This is attained by providing patients with the relevant information that is needed to manage the inherent health conditions hence improving the overall health (Evans et al., 2017). The process of educating patients might be hindered or boosted by the level of education that a relevant patient has attained.
Evans, D., Coutsaftiki, D., & Fathers, P. (2017). Health Promotion and Public Health for Nursing Students (3rd ed.). Learning Matters.
Healthy People 2020. (2019). Retrieved 10 December 2019, from https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/leading-health-indicators/2020-lhi-topics/Social-Determinants/data
Potter, P.A., Perry, A.G., Stockert, P., & Hall, A. (2017). Fundamentals of nursing. (9thed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby.[/cmppp_restricted]