Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophetsâ€ (Matthew 7:12, NLT). Shi and Singh (2015) admit that health care services are more prevalent in certain population groups in the United States than others. The people in this population are susceptible to poor physical, physiological and social health. The individuals who fall into that population are deemed a vulnerable or special population. The population consists of racial and ethnic minorities, uninsured women, men, and children, those who live in rural areas, the homeless, and HIV and AIDS patients (p. 416). People with chronic diseases such as HIV and AIDS consume more healthcare dollars than healthy individuals and are at risk of poor health outcomes. Unfortunately, low-income individuals are more susceptible to have chronic illnesses, and the impact of those illnesses can be more severe because of the lack of healthcare. Most times because of the low incomes, these individuals may suffer from other health issues, such as depression, substance abuse and obesity. Americans living in rural areas often have worse health than the general population. They have to travel several hundred miles to seek good healthcare and sometimes they do not have the means to do. Good doctors are also limited in rural areas. Therefore, some individuals will only seek health care when it is too late. It is saddening that because of social status and race, that some people are not afforded the same opportunities such as healthcare as others. Some people are almost given a death sentence because of their situation. God made all of his people in his image. All of his people need help and should not be overlooked. There are different programs in place that help people in the vulnerable/special population. However, not everyone is privy to that information. Information should be disseminated to people in these populations so that they can utilize the benefits.
Shi, L., & Singh, D. (2015) Delivering Health Care in America: A Systems Approach (7th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Being from a rural area in the Mississippi Delta and working in healthcare the writer believes that as a Christian his Christian worldview guides him to focus a lot on rural health and the socioeconomic factors that cause such poor health in rural Mississippi and other rural areas.
“Rural residents tend to be poorer. On average, per capita income in rural areas is $9,242 (Rural Health, 2016) lower than the average per capita income in the United States, and rural Americans are more likely to live below the poverty level. The disparity in incomes is even greater for minorities living in rural areas. About 25 percent of rural children live in poverty.”(USDA, 2015)
Christians are expected to live their lives with wisdom, utilizing every opportunity which is presented to them and respecting and fulfilling the direction and wishes of God. To accomplish this task, it is necessary to have an understanding of how to organize ourselves along with our time, money, and resources. All the actions should be directed towards well-selected objectives under the guidance of our Almighty God. Apart from this, one should also know how to organize, plan, monitor, and control the individual effects with business efforts. This should be done to utilize each chance to serve God. Thus the ability to have better plans can be seen as the part of stewardship as Disciples of Christ.
As the healthcare information must be based on credible information, and one should not have any global perspective which is biased or unreasonable Christian faith must be following all the historical and theological criteria.
Have faith that a greater impact can be created by Christians, which can go beyond the faith of the community. There can be incidences that individuals are not comfortable in sharing their Christian faith, but they feel comfortable in accepting their work as this work is unique and promotes the uniquely addressed pressing requirements.
Apart from this, all the works of Christian should depend upon the widely accepted principles, and these must be presented in such a manner that it is reasonable with those people who do to express their faith and still can preserve theological integrity.
-Rural Health Information Hub. (2016). Social Determinants of Health. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
-United States Department of Agriculture. (2015, December 17). Poverty Overview. Retrieved June 8, 2016.