Health Disparities Research Paper

This is a library research paper which should focus on a particular disease entity (AIDS/HIV). You are to examine how diverse populations from racial, ethnic, and culturally dominant and non-dominant groups are differently affected by the disease or health problem and explore whether and how disparities are present in access to high quality care. A discussion of the social work role in working with this population should also be included.

{Culture is broadly defined as including sexual preference, gender and gender identity, age and religious groups. Dominant groups are those who have power and privilege in society and non-dominant groups are those who do not.}

Guidelines: Present this information in an 8-10 page double spaced paper. Use at least 6 sources, 3 of which may be from course readings. All references should be from professional, peer-reviewed literature and should be utilized to highlight the students understanding of the theoretical and practice issues of focus in the paper. A title page, abstract page, and reference page are mandatory. The paper and references should follow current APA edition style and format. Margins are to be 1 inch on all borders and font should be 12-pitch.

The paper should address the following:

1. The specific problem or disease that you are studyingdescribe it completely and explain your interest.

2. Determine where people with this medical problem or disease receive their care and whether and what disparities in care and access to quality care exist for dominant and non-dominant populations.

3. Explore and discuss:
Known health beliefs and health practices of the population and how their group/culture views the problem.
How, if and where clients seek care for the problem or disease in Western and non-Western or traditional medicine and what interferes with adherence with treatment recommendations.
Ways in which the patient and family/caregiver system are impacted by the disease/problem.
Ways in which patient and family/caregiver systems cope with the disease or problem.
How the health care system of this country views this problem and the people affected by it.
The social work role in working with this population.

4. Based on the above analysis, discuss the role of the social worker in addressing these potential disparities and differences on the individual level (e.g. modifying intervention strategies), institutional level (e.g. addressing policies regarding care) and functioning as an advocate for change, toward providing culturally competent care.

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