A few days after the visit from Jeff, you are again at work in the community center. Today a woman comes to the center. She wants to visit the public health clinic. You approach her and she tells you she has come for medicine. After you direct her to the clinic, one of your co-workers tells you that the woman is a drug addict and is HIV-positive. Your co-worker comments that this woman has been in jail multiple times for prostitution and drug possession. The co-worker states angrily, “I can’t believe we still give her medicine.” For a moment you are angry, too.
2. Initial Post: Create a new thread and answer all three parts of the initial prompt below
- Reflect on what you have learned about crime, deviance, and social control. Explain your thoughts on whether all patients and people in need deserve equal treatment and care.
- Many people have preconceived ideas about individuals who engage in risky or illegal behaviors (such as prostitution and drug abuse). Explain a strategy that you can use to ensure that your own personal beliefs don’t get in the way of your job response?
- Describe one important characteristic that would help build a positive professional relationship between a healthcare specialist and a patient.