I did pretty decent on the Health Equity quiz, but I was also pretty surprised by it as well. I ended up getting a 7/10, which wasn’t too bad. I definitely didn’t expect the quiz to be as economical or as political as it was, but I was able to at least make educated guesses for most of the questions. For the questions I did get wrong I was really interested in learning the correct answers. The fact that I was most interested in and that completely took me off guard was about new immigrants being the healthiest of all people in the United States. I had no idea that was true, and I would have definitely though that it would a wealthy U.S. Citizen or something like that.
The case study that I chose was “In Sickness and in Wealth”. The study showed the lives of four families living in very different social and economic situations. The video does a pretty good job of showing the vast differences in health in all of the situations. It didn’t surprise me that the family with the highest status had the highest level of health. They were able to eat healthy, fresh foods. They could relax, exercise, and take vacations. All of the reasons help this group achieve the highest life expectancy. As the socioeconomic class went lower, the video showed that their life expectancy would drop as well. These classes might not have the same access to foods and health care that the higher classes might have. Another possible reason is that higher classes are usually spaced out more as far as their living situation. Lower classes might be in apartments or slums that are very close to each other, which would spread disease easier.
Politics, economics, environment, culture, biology and choice all have a part in the development, spread and treatment of illness. As I mentioned disease spreads much easier among lower classes that are grouped very close together, and lower economic classes have less access to health care. Politics can affect who gets what level of health care. Culture can determine how common regular health practices are or if it is “normal” to see any kind of medical professional versus a medicine man. And then of course individual choice has a part to play because we are all on some level responsible for what we do with our bodies.