DISCUSSION TOPIC 1: When people in America are forced to live in fear because of their immigration status, their health and the health of our nation suffers. Research shows that immigrant families often forgo needed health care and social services because they fear interactions with public agencies. There are several factors affecting immigrants’ vulnerability to inadequate health care, including socioeconomic background; immigration status; limited English proficiency; federal, state and local policies on access to publicly funded health care; residential location; and stigma and marginalization. Overall, immigrants have lower rates of health insurance, use less health care and receive lower quality of care than U.S.-born populations. In addition, toxic stress associated with fear of deportation has been shown to have harmful effects on an individual’s long-term physical and mental health. Children are especially vulnerable to this type of trauma, which acts as a barrier to normal physical and mental development and health. Furthermore, fear of deportation has significant impact on uptake of non-medical services, such as food assistance, that are important to good health.
Discussion Question: Immigrant children and children born to immigrant parents, face many unique experiences that directly influence their personal health and wellbeing. Chapter 6 of the Kuo textbook, Child Health, discusses 6 major topics impacting the health and wellbeing of immigrants living within the United States. These major topics include: 1) Poverty, 2) Community, 3) Education, 4) Social and Health Services, 5) Detention and Deportation, and 6) Migration and Refugees. Select one of these six major topics to focus on for this assignment. Meaningfully consider the current reality for immigrant children and children of immigrants related to this specific topic and discuss the following within your post:
What are the current challenges immigrant children/children of immigrants face related to this topic?
What opportunities and/or resources, if any, are currently available to immigrant children/children of immigrants related to this topic?
If and how does an immigrant’s legal status (lawful vs. undocumented) impact their experience related to this topic?
How does this topic influence health inequities?
The order in which you answer these questions is up to you, just make sure to capture each of the questions within your overall post. I encourage you to think critically about your response. To answer these questions, draw upon the information from Chapter 6 of Kuo’s Child Health textbook. ATTACHED BELOW
DISCUSSION Topic: Adolescence is a time of major transition physically, emotionally, and socially. Healthy sexuality and gender identity is an important part of adolescent development, and health professionals can play a key role in helping young people develop healthy routines, behaviors, and relationships that they can carry into their adult lives.
Discussion Question: Chapters 5 & 6 of the Santrock textbook, Adolescence, discusses 6 major topics related to gender and sexuality impacting the health and wellbeing of adolescents. These major topics include: 1) Gender Stereotypes, Similarities, and Differences; 2) Gender-Role Classification; 3) Sexual Attitudes and Behavior – Heterosexual and Sexual Minority Youth; 4) Contraceptives, Pregnancy, and Sexually Transmitted Infections; 5) Forcible Sexual Behavior and Sexual Harassment; and 6) Sexual Health Education. Please note, each of these topics align with specific sections of Chapters 5 and 6; please refer to these sections for more information regarding the specific content represented by this topic area. Select one of these six major topics to focus on for this assignment. Meaningfully consider the diverse range of adolescent experiences related to your selected topic and respond to the following questions to reflect on the impact of these experiences on adolescent health and wellbeing.
Your textbook places a heavy emphasis on discussing unhealthy risks, risk factors, and negative outcomes for adolescents; however, it is important to remember that an individual’s health is influenced by their own choices, as well as the spaces the live, work, play, and access health care.
What are a few unhealthy risk-taking behaviors, risk factors, and/or negative outcomes that your textbook describes related to this topic area that you found interesting or important?
Describe at least one example of how the environments in which adolescents live, work, play or, or access health care can negatively impact adolescents’ health and wellbeing related to your topic.
There is a growing movement in public health to promote positive adolescent development. This movement includes reframing adolescent risk to include both healthy and unhealthy risk taking. As such, it is important purposefully consider healthy risks, protective factors, and positive outcomes for adolescents. This is particularly important for youth who are already facing challenges due to issues outside of their control, such as stigma, discrimination, and poverty.
What are a few healthy risk-taking behaviors, protective factors, and/or positive outcomes that your textbook describes related to this topic area that you found interesting or important?
Describe at least one example of how the environments in which adolescents live, work, play or, or access health care can positively impact adolescents’ health and wellbeing related to your topic.
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