This 7 page paper examines the county and its population. How to implement a plan in conjunction with the national Healthy People 2010 Objective is discussed. The focus of the plan is on Type 2 Diabetes. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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draw from to achieve healthier populations. Each state or county around the nation may want to focus on one particular goal or many goals. Polk County, Florida, for example, is
in need of a public health initiative to try and prevent new cases of Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a focus because there are more interventions to successfully
prevent Type 2 than Type 1. Still, the program will be designed to disseminate information on both types of diabetes. One idea is to provide two public health nurses to
visit facilities around the county providing lectures and handing out materials. This is a cost effective alterative to opening a clinic separate from the countys health department. Residents would be
able to visit lectures and call for free pamphlets. Also, a hotline should be available to the residents at certain hours so they can call a registered nurse to ask
questions. The nurse will be able to address all of their concerns. Polk county contains 524, 389 people for which 18.3% are over the age of 65 ("Polk County Quick
Facts," 2005). Age parameters are important because it is the elderly population that is most susceptible to Type 2 diabetes. Females account for 50.9% of the population ("Polk County Quick
Facts," 2005). The population is 79.6 white ("Polk County Quick Facts," 2005). It seems that 12.9% are living below the poverty level, using 1999 statistics ("Polk County Quick Facts," 2005).
These demographic figures are somewhat important. For example, people of color are more susceptible to diabetes. Those who are poor, no matter their likelihood of developing the disease, are less
likely to receive proper medical attention. They are also less likely to eat properly and may succumb to eating junk food and living a sedentary lifestyle simply due to their