Objective: Evaluate the concept and implications of health disparities and how environments and populations impact health outcomes. Introduction: This essay will provide you an opportunity to examine three main impacts on health outcomes for the aging and chronically ill populations in the United States. Each of these impacts leads to health disparities. First, you will address the effect on the healthcare system of long-term care for the aging and chronically ill population. Second, you will discuss the effect of a social influencer—in this case, poverty—on both individual health and healthcare delivery for the aging and chronically ill. And, third, you will use the concepts of social justice to discuss equity and the removal of disparities in health and healthcare access for the aging and chronically ill. Deliverables: The essay for this lesson is required to be a minimum of 750 words that clearly demonstrate your understanding of the activity. Essays should have a clear introduction, thesis statement and conclusion, written in APA format (APAstyle.org). A minimum of three sources must be cited in-text and in the Reference list. Activity Details: Step 1: Read the following questions, then use what you have learned about this lesson’s objective to summarize your responses: •What improvements could be made in the existing system of long-term care in the United States? How would these improvements be financed? •Discuss three effects of poverty on the physical and mental health of aging and chronically ill Americans. In your discussion, offer a solution for each effect. •Select a theory of social justice (other than John Rawls’ theory) and defend that theory as most appropriate for justifying health equity for the aging and chronically ill in the United States. Step 2: Write a paper. Please review the essay rubric prior to proceeding. Use these writing guidelines: •Include a cover page and a reference page in addition to your required word count. •Use correct APA format. •Double-space text. •Use size 12 Times New Roman font. •Use section headings to organize. •Indent paragraphs. •Include in-text citations. •Use correct spelling, grammar, sentence structure and verb tense.
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