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Prevention Strategies For High Risk Behaviors

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Prevention Strategies for High-Risk Behaviors
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PREVENTION STRATEGIES FOR HIGH-RISK BEHAVIORS 2
Prevention care is described as measures that are taken to prevent individuals from
diseases rather than treating or curing the symptoms. Generally, prevention strategies for high
risk behaviors have the objective of identifying the people or groups who are more likely to have
higher incidence of an illness or a disease, based on the presence of changeable risk factors or
characteristics of the groups or persons that are related to higher risk of disease (Edberg, 2015).
One of the common strategies used to prevent the high-risk behavior is one-on-one individual
attention, which can be in for of case management, mentoring, and counseling by professionals
on how to avoid these behaviors. The second prevention strategy is the use of harm reduction
approaches, whose basic idea is that many high-risk groups of people have many life challenging
situations, and thus they may not be in a position to change the high-risk behaviors in the short-
run (Edberg, 2015). As a result, the harm reduction strategies focus on specific behaviors that
create the greatest public health threat, such as how to prevent transmission of HIV/AIDS
through the behavior of sharing injection needs for drug users by using programs such as needle
exchange programs, dissemination of kits for reducing the risk of transmission, or drug
substitution treatment (Edberg, 2015).
The third prevention strategy is through community-wide multi-agency approaches, in
which different stakeholders such as the churches, businesses, the media, and schools work
together to promote health education regarding high-risk behaviors. It entails population based
health promotion activities such as encouraging less consumption of harmful substances (Edberg,
2015). The fourth prevention approach in medicine is through vaccinations for communicable
diseases like polio, rubella, measles, and mumps.

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Running head: PREVENTION STRATEGIES FOR HIGH-RISK BEHAVIORS Prevention Strategies for High-Risk Behaviors Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation Instructor Date 1 PREVENTION STRATEGIES FOR HIGH-RISK BEHAVIORS 2 Prevention care is described as measures that are taken to prevent individuals from diseases rather than treating or curing the symptoms. Generally, prevention strategies for high risk behaviors have the objective of identifying the people or groups who are more likely to have higher incidence of an illness or a disease, based on the presence of changeable risk factors or characteristics of the groups or persons that are related to higher risk of disease (Edberg, 2015). One of the common strategies used to prevent the high-risk behavior is one-on-one individual attention, which can be in for of case management, mentoring, and counseling by professionals on how to avoid t ...
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