VULNERABLE AND AT RISK POPULATIONS Vulnerable and at Risk Populations Vulnerable and at risk populations refers to groups of peoplewhose health care is not properly integrated into the health system due to their ethnic, geographic, health, cultural and economic characteristics. In Georgia, black people are one of the most vulnerable group and who are at risk. Black people in Georgia form thirty per cent of the total population in Georgia. Black people in Georgia are at a higher risk of having chronic ailments. This means that their particular health needs are based on the fact that they are prone to having chronic ailments (Chesnay, 2005).
Chronic ailments cannot be cured. However, they can be controlled and patients can be put out of risk. This means that patients have to visit health centres in order to be treated. Some of the chronic ailments include asthma, diabetes, blood pressure and heart disease. Black people do not receive the best health care in Georgia since they are discriminated against due to their ethnicity. This has made it hard for sick patients to get medical assistance.
Cubans are also vulnerable and at a risk. Seventy percent of Cubans living n Georgia where majority are women with a 40 percent have a higher chance of living with Aids. It is also important to understand children also have a chance of HIV. They are part of the minorities living in Georgia. They mainly suffer from cardiovascular disease. They find it hard to gain health care due to their ethnicity. American Indians are also a minority in the State of Georgia. They are vulnerable and at a risk for Chronic ailments.
Minorities in the state of Georgia do not have access to better and quality health care owing to the discrimination they face (Chesnay, 2005). This has been made difficult by the fact that the ratio of minority doctors to native doctors is 1:16. This puts their lives at a danger. ReferencesChesnay, M. (2005). Caring for the Vulnerable. New York: Lea and Blanchard