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As you engage with this week’s discussion and with one another, be sure to read

As you engage with this week’s discussion and with one another, be sure to read what has already been posted and then add substantively to the discussion. Time goes quickly, so remember to post early in the week! The first question is based on what you have learned so far in this course so that you can post immediately without having completed all of this week’s readings.
The first question in this discussion is opinion and experience-based, so you can begin immediately. For subsequent questions please meaningfully integrate your readings including the text, articles, and module notes.
1. Choose two populations that especially interest you from the following list: (These choices align with the reading list provided in the Module readings.)

Black women,
Mexican and Middle Eastern Immigrants,
African American grandmothers raising grandchildren,
disadvantaged urban adolescents,
Appalachian women,
Transgender individuals,
transgender inmates,
Women inmates.

In your opinion, and based on your understanding of your chosen group, what specific sex or gender-related expectations do you have regarding this population? For example, how would you describe the roles of men and women in this group? Any key differences in how men and women in this group might interact with the health care system?
2. Now, to prepare for the remainder of this week’s discussion, read the two (2) articles that align with your chosen population. These articles are found in the Module readings. Also do some of your own research regarding your chosen population. Here are some links to get you started:

Health Data Interactive (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (National Center for Health Statistics)
Health System Measurement Project (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Department of Health and Human Services)
Health, United States, 2012 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (National Center for Health Statistics)
Death in the United States, 2011 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (National Center for Health Statistics)
State Health Facts (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)
Stats of the States (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (National Center for Health Statistics)
How Did Cause of Death Contribute to Racial Differences in Life Expectancy in the United States in 2010? (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (National Center for Health Statistics)
2012 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

In your research on this population, focus on:

Demographics – percentage of the total US population, where members of this group tend to live, and any other statistics that are important to understanding this group
Roles of men and women in this group, and any gender-based expectations that might impact health care
Any specific health concerns, e.g. medical diagnoses that tend to predominant in this group

After you have conducted your research, discuss with the class your findings including:

Briefly summarize your research findings.
How did your opinions change after the research?
Based on what you learned about cultural competence, how would you advise someone who is providing care to your researched population? Focus on any sex or gender-based considerations you would want to keep in mind in order to effectively communicate with, and meet the needs of, members of this population.

After you have shared your findings and read the initial posts of other class members, also address the following question:
4. What similarities did you see between your population and the populations chosen by your classmates? And key differences?

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