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Health Disparities and Social Determinants of Health
Wanda W Gary
Columbia Southern University
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Health Disparities and mixer determinants include factors like socioeconomic status, neighborhood and physical environment, and social support networks, as well as access to wellness. Addressing social determinants of wellness is important for improving health and reducing health disparities. Health disparities are a measure of difference in health outcomes between populations. Health disparities exist in relation to income, with populations living in poverty having poorer health status, and in relations to race and ethnicity, with Hispanic, African American, Native American population experiencing less than optimal health outcomes. Household education level also influences health disparities. Although health disparities describe the difference in health outcome among groups, they do not provide an explanation for the origin of these differences as the concept of social determinants of health often can.
Social Determinants of Health are life enhancing treasures such food supply, housing economic and social relationships, transportation, education and health care, where distribution across populations effectively determines length and quality of life. The back of these life-enhancing resources is the root cause of Health Disparities. It is important to recognize the impact social determinants have on health outcome of specific population. Healthy people strive to improve the health of all groups. Social determinants of health the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age according to WHO. We must create effective programs, we must work collaboratively across to address the unique needs of communities. Examples of ways that communities across the United States are addressing social determinants of health.
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1) Economic Stability: Socioeconomic status which plays a role in people’s health, such as Employment. Public health must look at the type of jobs people are working, and the risks associated with a kind of employment regarding overall health.
2) Neighborhood and physical environment: Public health must look at settings in which people are living and growing up. Neighborhood and physical environment include things such as housing, transportation, safety, parks, playgrounds are crucial related to the health of individuals and communities.
3) Education: When things like literacy, language, training and higher education are lacking, disparities begin to form, when it comes to understanding what level of health care is necessary. According...