Advocating for Social Justice


Community health nurses are the integral link, which connectsmedically and disenfranchised underserved populations to social andhealth social service systems that are intended to serve them.Worldwide, community health nurses, also known as the natural helpersor lay health advisers, increases access to care and offer healthservices that ranges from immunization and health education tocomplex clinical processes in remote inaccessible areas where theyare the only hope for health care (National Research Council, 2004).

According to Center for Economic and Social Justice (2006),community health nurses have often appeared repeatedly throughout thecourse of history as the ones that offer treatment and help to thecommunities in need. As much as the central aim of community healthnurses is to assume the role of outreach workers that help clients’access social services or health, they often do more than just linkpatients to the doctor’s office. In addition, community healthnurses role is paramount in connecting people to important servicesand helping to discuss the economy, environmental, social, andpolitical rights of every individual in the community (NationalAssociation of Community Health Centers, 2001).

The state of community health care is currently in a betterposition however, some changes to its structure would improve iteven better. According to National Association of Community HealthCenters (2000), patients in all the settings deserve care that iscentrally placed on their unique needs. A well-transformed healthcare structure is needed in order to achieve this goal. The 2010Affordable Care Act highlights new health care structures that havecreated new roles.

With this new programs created, nurses now can centrally transformthe health care system in order to create high-quality, moreaccessible, and value-driven environment meant. If this kind ofsystem according to National Research Council (2004) capitalizes onsuch opportunity, the constraints of regulations, outdated policiesand cultural barriers will have to be removed, most importantly foradvanced practice for registered nurses.


National Association of Community Health Centers (2001). Access tocommunity health care. Washington, D.C: National Association ofCommunity Health Centers.

National Association of Community Health Centers (2000). Communityhealth forum. Washington, DC: National Association of CommunityHealth Centers.

Center for Economic and Social Justice (2006). Toward economic andsocial justice: The founding principles of the Center for Economicand Social Justice. Washington, D.C: Center for Economic andSocial Justice.

National Research Council (2004). Eliminating health disparities:Measurement and data needs. Washington, DC: National AcademiesPress.

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