Low socioeconomic status is an obstacle to obtaining adequate medical care for low-income populations. Braveman and Gottlieb report that some patients lack transportation and miss their outpatient appointments (2014). Another problem is inadequate or low-quality food consumption. Insufficient space for exercise can lead to a passive lifestyle since several generations can live in one household. Lack or inadequate health insurance can prevent people from managing their chronic diseases.
Healthy People 2030 offers prevention as one of the strategies to reduce healthcare disparities and promote disease prevention for all. Community RNs can offer assistance with colorectal, breast, cervical, and other screenings. To eliminate food insecurity nurses can assist local communities with participation in the National School Lunch Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Women, and Infants and Children Program.