Vulnerable Population Research Paper

Choose a vulnerable population and research 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.

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.



  • 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?

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 womenEthnic Minority Population
InfantsLow Socio Economic Status
ChildrenRural Residents
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