Caring for the Community


Towards the end of the nineteenth century and start of the twentiethcentury, foremost faith communities constructed and managedhospitals, which assisted the poor as well as immigrants. Anillustration is Beth Israel Hospital. Such health ministry approachis what is described as the “heritage of health and healing infaith based communities”.

Partnerships result in holistic care because the concern is notmerely on bodily wellbeing, but on the relationship between thespirit, mind and body (Stanhope &ampLancaster, 2014). Partnerships results in the elimination ofimpediments to accessing care for the uninsured, poor and minorities.Also, by working together it becomes possible to meet communityhealth objectives.

The parish nurse’s role involves reaching out to community membersto inform them about diseases (Stanhope&amp Lancaster, 2014). The nurse educates the members ofcommunity on how the disease is contracted and its spread. Also, theparish nurse informs on preventive measures to community members toensure they do not become sick. The poor and marginalized may get adisease due to lack of knowledge. But with knowledge it becomespossible to prevent disease.

It is possible for communities of faith to incorporate the “HealthyPeople 2020” guidelines during program planning. This can beachieved through the establishment of health fairs. The health fairprovides an array of suitable-target health screening examinationsthat make it possible to detect possible perils to wellbeing amongcommunity members.

Parish nursing is impeded by financial issues. It is costly tosupport the work of the parish nurse and at the same time provide theneeded support to community members. Second, developing a ministrythat will deal with parish nursing is expensive and may act as animpediment towards effective parish nursing.


Stanhope, M., &amp Lancaster, J.(2014).&nbspFoundationsof nursing in the community: Community- orientedpractice. St. Louis,Missouri: Elsevier.



Nursing involves working with people from different communities whohave varying needs with the focus being to promote and improve theirhealth status. The paper shall be identifying a population that Ishall be studying during this course. It shall focus on the criteriaused to select the identified population and general informationabout the chosen population.

During the course, I shall study the population of teenage mothers.The criteria that I used in selecting the identified populationfocused on three factors. I focused on social issues affecting ourmodern society, a population that may affect the future generation,and one that poses major health risks. Teen pregnancy is a socialissue because currently, most mothers are aged between 15-19 yearsand are not prepared for motherhood (Martin, et al., 2015).Focusing on teenage mothers when providing care to the communityshall help in promoting healthcare.

Therate at which teenagers are becoming mothers varies across the racialgroups. For instance, according to a survey conducted in 2013, therate of teen births among non-Hispanic whites was 9%, 11% amongnon-Hispanic Blacks and American Indians and 10% among Asians andHispanics. The survey also showed that 57% of births in the UScomprised of teenage births (Martin, et al., 2015). Althoughthe rate of teen births has been decreasing over the years, thesocio-economic costs remain high since a minimum of $9.4billion oftaxpayers’ money is spent on health care and foster care. Hugelosses are also incurred in education sector because of the timespent by teenage mothers at home looking after their children. Thehealth risk factors associated with teenage births include prematuredeliveries, poor maternal, and child nutrition. Teenage mothers alsotend to suffer from psychosocial, environmental hazards such asstress and depression hence the reason they need support.


Martin, J.A, Hamilton B.E, Osterman M.J.K, Curtin S.C, Mathews T.J,(2015). Births: Final data for 2013. National VitalStatistics Report. 64(1), 1-68, (online). Retrieved from on November 17, 2015.