Minority groups in the United States carry a significant and disproportionate burden of specific diseases. For example, while African Americans make up only 12% of the U.S. population, this group a

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Minority groups in the United States carry a  significant and disproportionate burden of specific diseases. For  example, while African Americans make up only 12% of the U.S.  population, this group accounted for 44% of all HIV/AIDS cases in the  United States in 2010 (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2013). In 2010,  Hispanics were 1.2 times (Office of Minority Health, 2012) more likely  to be obese and almost 2 times (Office of Minority Health, 2013) more  likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than their non-Hispanic white  counterparts.

There has been much discussion  about the type of effective interventions for promoting well-being and  improving health outcomes in all Americans, especially for minority  groups. Medical social workers excel at providing direct services to  individual patients. Given current efforts to shift the paradigm to  population-centered interventions, social workers must modify their  skills, broaden their perspective, and consider evidence-based  interventions.

To prepare for this Assignment, select a public health issue of interest to you HIV/AIDS, 

In a 5- report:

  • Describe the specific population(s) (ethnic or racial group,  homosexuals, veterans, women, children, adolescents, etc.) affected by  the health issue you selected. Explain how this population is  discriminately affected by the health issue you selected.
  • Explain the primary determinants of the health issue. Then, explain  how these determinants contribute to the disparities in care for the  population.
  • Explain what specific social work interventions you might implement  to address this health issue, reduce or eliminate disparities, and  improve health outcomes.
  • Identify some challenges you may encounter when implementing the  interventions. Then, explain the strategies you might employ to address  these challenges.
  • Explain the advocacy roles a medical social worker might play in  addressing the disparities in health care for the health issues and  population you selected.
  • Cite your response using external scholarly resources.

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