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Health Care Beyond the Hospital (105 points)

Health disparities are inequalities prevalent in healthcare, which often involve lack of access across various racial, ethnic and socioeconomic populations. Health disparities encompass an unequal distribution of social, political, economic, and environmental resources, especially among vulnerable populations. As a result, a number of local, regional, and national policies have been introduced to address health disparities to promote quality care and improved access for these populations. When developing health policies, especially those that focus on vulnerable populations, it is important for stakeholders to consider any ethical considerations that will protect vulnerable populations from substandard care and unethical medical practices.

Identify a health disparity prevalent in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Examples include, but are not limited to, nutrition- and lifestyle-related risk factors such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes, as well as lack of insurance. Include any tables or figures containing statistics to support your narrative.

Based on what you learned this week, address the following:

• Identify a vulnerable population and a specific health disparity prevalent in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

• Clearly explain the health disparities and why it is worse for your selected vulnerable population.

• What are some of the positive social changes that need to be accomplished to protect these populations?

• Discuss a local, regional, or national policy to protect the identified vulnerable populations from this disparity.

• What are some of the moral and ethical obligations that need to be considered with regard to the policy?

Your report should meet the following structural requirements:

• Be six pages in length, not including the cover or reference pages.

• Be formatted according to APA 7th edition and Saudi Electronic University writing guidelines.

• Provide support for your statements with in-text citations from a minimum of three scholarly articles. The Saudi Digital Library is an excellent source for scholarly research. One of these sources may be from the class readings, textbook, or lectures.

• You are strongly encouraged to submit all assignments to the Turnitin Originality Check prior to submitting them to your instructor for grading. If you are unsure how to submit an assignment to the Originality Check tool, review the Turnitin Originality Check Student Guide.

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