Vulnerable Populations


Health Promotion and Disease Prevention activities are important throughout each stage of the life cycle and essential to the work of a community or public health nutritionist.  Students will choose a vulnerable population and explore the health and nutrition related-issues, risk factors, and appropriate and culturally-relevant nutrition education topics (or interventions) aimed at improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities.



§  Identify a vulnerable population to study (see table below).

§   Write a paper about the identified vulnerable population that addresses the following:

o   Why is this a population vulnerable?

o   What are the health disparities present in this vulnerable population?

§  What are the health and nutrition concerns for this population?

§  Include specific nutrients of concern and explain.

§  Include data from and other credible sources and scholarly articles.

o   What are some possible disordered eating patterns for this population?

§  Discuss the accompanying determinants.

§  Write a clear and concise Problem, Etiology, Signs/Symptoms (PES) statement

o   Identify 3 to 5 nutrition education topics that could be used in the design of a nutrition intervention for this population that addresses the PES statement.

§  Describe and give examples (grounded in scholarly articles) of the cultural knowledge you would incorporate into your nutrition education intervention.

o   Considering the Food and Nutrition Programs available in the U.S., discuss at least two programs that may benefit this population.

§  For each program, explain the benefits offered and eligibility criteria.

o   Identify the gaps in knowledge as it relates to this vulnerable population and the nutrition issue(s) addressed in this paper.

Vulnerable Populations (define by choosing one or more of the determinants below)

Pregnant women Ethnic Minority Population
Infants Low Socio Economic Status
Children Rural Residents
Adolescents Homeless


Criteria for Evaluation = Total of up to 50 points

v  Description of the vulnerable population and discussion of the health disparities and nutrition intervention (see above instructions)

v  Double-spaced, 5-6 pages

v  Submit online to TURNITIN via Moodle

v  Spelling and grammar

v  A minimum of four references from peer-reviewed journals (scholarly articles). Additional references may be used from books or approved websites (government, WHO, research institutions).  In-text citations should be written using APA style; include a reference page.

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