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Samantha Harvey posted Mar 21, 2019 11:27 PM Forum 1

Homeless people are a vulnerable population because they lack resources like money, shelter, or access to healthcare. Being homeless increase risk behaviors that can lead to a life of drug use or prostitution. Not having enough money can add stress to ones life that would cause them to use drugs to escape their reality and that could also lead to a life of prostitution to help pay for their next meal or even their next fix. Being homeless also increases one risk of becoming ill from lack of proper shelter, hygiene, and participating in risky behaviors such as sharing needles or unprotected sex. Being homeless may cause the person to feel alone or isolated not helping their mental stability, so not only does being homeless affect ones physical health but also ones mental health as well. Homeless people are a vulnerable population because they are lacking the basic needs to live a comfortable normal life.

Amanda O’loughlin posted Mar 21, 2019 9:54 PM Forum 1

A vulnerable population that is prevalent in my community is the elderly. There are several factors that play a role in making them vulnerable or at risk. Elderly individuals often suffer declines in their strength, mobility, independence, cognitive status, and overall health. Additionally, many of them have constraints on their income, face challenges maintaining their health, and fail to thrive in their environments. Resources such as income, housing, need for caregiver assistance, and transportation is often lacked by the elderly population. Their surrounding can be a barrier to their health for many reasons. For example, making a home handicap accessible can be very expensive and not fully covered by insurance. An elderly person living in an environment their body is no longer suited for puts them at risk for falls and injuries. Reducing the vulnerability of this population can be done by helping the elderly stay as functionally independent as possible and helping them acquire the resources that will assist them with housing, transportation, and caregiver needs.

Bogdan Dolia posted Mar 22, 2019 11:46 AM Forum 2

Modern society is stratified by many factors such as religion, employment, income, education, interests, culture, race, gender etc. Members of each group are often intolerant to members of other groups because they do not share the same values. For example, if a person was raised in a family where children were told that homeless people are lazy and don’t want to work can lead to insensitivity to homeless needs as an adult. These bred-in-the-bone opinions are extremely hard to eradicate. Another example is when some highly educated individuals look down upon people in the same age category that work low skilled jobs that don’t require any special education. Usually, these people come from wealthy families and never had to choose between paying college tuition and buying food.
There are many other values that decrease our sensitivity to different vulnerable populations. I think that the best remedy to cure this societal disease is to put ourselves in other’s shoes and never judge those that are less lucky.

Ketia Simons posted Mar 21, 2019 11:38 PM Forum 2

Values play a big part in who we are because they guide our behavior including the way that we view situations. I believe that when members in society have values geared towards humbleness and empathy, they tend to view vulnerable populations with a more caring attitude. I also believe that people that have values that are more geared towards self-reliance and independence may view the vulnerable population in a harsher light. Our values affect so much of how we think of things and decisions that we make. A big part of our values has to do with the environment that we were raised in. For example, I was born in Brooklyn, NY in what some may call the ghetto and saw many vulnerable individuals. I believe that being raised around a prevalent vulnerable population is the reason why I feel the need to advocate for the underserved population. It wasn’t just a group that I read about or saw on T.V but people that I knew and that made me want to fight for them.