Social Determinants of Health


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In the Pensacola, Florida community which has a population of 52,642 people, child poverty impacts quality and health care.  28.4% of Pensacola children live in poverty compared to 19.3% across the dashboard cities.

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In 2016, over 40 million American citizens were living below the poverty line with 13.3 million being children. Children in poverty can be exposed to lead exposure, developmental and psychological delays, financial issues as well as children being unable to obtain a high school diploma. Children in poverty are more likely to become teenage parents and are more likely to suffer from medical ailments such as obesity and cancers with poor outcomes due to lack of access to healthcare and affordability of treatments (Dyjack, 2018).

As a DNP scholar, knowledge of health outcomes and social detriments of health engage nurses to be involved in the community to impact population health outcomes in a positive manner, and question care models and resources with equal opportunities to access care that involve political, social rights and opportunities. It is an ethical principle for a DNP scholar to impact changes that increase health outcomes for patients. Nurses need to be involved in the community and through multidisciplinary collaboration with physicians, stakeholders, politicians, public health, clinical care, and organizational leaders, and through networking and brainstorming there can be a positive response to helping improve an issue (Edmonson et al., 2017). Creating awareness of a community issue such as child poverty is the first step in being involved to educate the public that a problem exists. DNP scholars and nurses can also be involved in professional nursing organizations, as well as policy-making, health care reform, and advocating with organizations that are already directly helping child poverty such as the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), Sponsor a Child and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). As a DNP scholar being involved in community events, community newsletters, consumer alerts, and attending community outreaches and school board meetings increase awareness of childhood poverty and increases others to help with resources (Edmonson, 2017).

#Childpoverty. Community networking to get involved and make a change. 1 in 5 children live in poverty #StampItOut #SAYNOToChildPoverty


Dyjack, D. (2018). On Poverty. Journal of Environmental Health80 (8), 54.

Edmonson, C., McCarthy, C., Trent-Adams, S., McCain, C., & Marshall, J. (2017). Emerging global health issues: A nurse’s role. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing22(1), 2–2.


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