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Improving Mother and Child Health Care for Under Served Populations

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 17, 2014 | Categories: Family and Health, Health and Fitness

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Having healthier children and improving the health of their mothers will have a huge impact on our society in the future. Women who have access to good prenatal care and quality women’s health care have better outcomes in pregnancy, which results in healthier babies. The future of the nation will depend on the health of its members. This begins even before a child is born.

Getting a master’s degree in nursing can be an important first step in finding employment to help women, children and families who are not served well by the nation’s health care system. Improving health care for all members of society is a respectable and worthy goal.

Those with a master’s in nursing degree, earned through programs like those available from Ohio University, can go on to make a very real difference in peoples lives.

Main Concerns in Maternal, Child and Family Health Care

Some of the most pressing health concerns of our time include things like hypertension, depression, diabetes, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, tobacco, unhealthy weight, genetic conditions and poor nutrition.

Complications in pregnancy and infant illness and death rates can be reduced when women have access to high-quality prenatal care.

Families that are healthier will be more productive. They are better able to contribute to society in a positive way. Many times, the major problems run deeper than access to health care. They can encompass other issues like poverty, genetic-health issues, ethnic differences and mental-health issues.

Going Into Nursing to Make a Difference

The goal of going into a good nursing program is to make a real difference in the world through the specific health occupation chosen. When a person tries to help under-served populations gain access to good health care, they find that they have a large impact. The impact can be felt throughout the country and worldwide.

There have been efforts in recent times to try to bridge the gap between those who have good health care and those who are less fortunate.

Education programs can help to improve the health of society by curbing unwanted pregnancies and poor health habits that lead to disease. Other efforts include lower-cost clinics and courses to teach under-served populations better health habits.

17 Responses to Improving Mother and Child Health Care for Under Served Populations

  1. I thought about being a nurse for a few months, but it’s just not for me.

  2. Terri S says:

    I couldn’t be a nurse, I can’t handle the fluids from sick people! Great post!

  3. This is a great post. Being a nurse takes a special skill that many don’t have.

  4. Cami says:

    Good nurses make such a difference in the quality of care!

  5. Katie h says:

    I’m in nursing school right now. I am taking my OB class this fall. I think I would love to work in that area. I’m going to school in a rural area so I see people from low income families a lot.

  6. Fermin T. says:

    Nursing is a noble profession…

  7. Raijean says:

    Yes, my sister in in Nursing school right now, she’s all about giving back.

  8. That’s definitely a field where there’s a need. It’s so sad that many are without just basic healthcare 🙁

  9. Shannon says:

    Nurses are always needed and is a great field to train in.

  10. Angela says:

    I had thought about going into nursing. But I just didn’t think I’d be up to the long hours on my feet.

  11. Liz Mays says:

    For a while, there were too many nurses in the field, but I think there are too few now. They do a wonderful thing!

  12. Kelsey Apley says:

    Nurses really take a special kind of people. It is nice to see nurses that care and really help you when your sick. It is a great profession.

  13. Angela S says:

    I never really wanted to go into nursing. But I did want to be a respiratory therapist. I was going to school for that but for certain reasons, like a divorce, I wasn’t able to finish.

  14. Nurses are truly undervalued and nursing is a great profession to be in.

  15. When I was a child I wanted to be a nurse. I have some aunts who are nurses and one of my sisters is an LPN. It runs in the family!

  16. Kathleen says:

    Growing up I always wanted to be a nurse just like my mom. They such a difference in the lives of others.

  17. Marcie W. says:

    I feel the entire American public could be labeled as under served when it comes to healthcare. We could all use improved medical care among other important things.

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