I received a score of 5/10 on the Health Activity Quiz. As a Public Health student, most of the statistics presented, such as our worldwide life expectancy ranking, the amount
we spend on healthcare, the life expectancy difference between counties, and the amount of park space in different neighborhoods, didn’t surprise me because these are areas that are consistently covered. The statistic that did surprise me was that non-native Latinos have a better health outcomes on average compared to other U.S. populations and that within 5 years of immigrating to the U.S., their health begins to deteriorate and gets to the level of low-income Americans.
The case study that I chose was In Sickness and in Wealth. This case study looks at
research presented by scientists on how the health of an individual is largely determined by their income. The study looks at the lives of a CEO, lab supervisor, janitor, and an unemployed mother that all live in different counties within Louisville, Kentucky. We get a small glimpse into the lives of each individual to get an nderstanding of what life is like from their perspective. We learn that each individual’s life expectancy varies by each county, the CEO’s 2 years more than the national
average, the lab supervisor’s 4 years less than the CEO, the janitor’s 6 years less than the CEO, and the unemployed mother’s 9 years less than the CEO. Throughout the case study, we are presented with results of various researchers studies. One such study looked at how the health of an individual decreases as you go down the social hierarchy, such as from the CEO to the unemployed mother. We were also given the results of a study that showed people who have less stress in their lives have lower
levels of the hormone cortisol and were therefore healthier compared to those
with more stressfully lives.
Politics and economics can play a role in how much income a person has, which has an influence on the environment and culture that they live in. If that happens to be a
low-income environment, it can have negative biological affect on that person’s
health. If a large number of people live in an unhealthy environment, it can result in an illness spreading more easily with treatment possibly not being an option due to their income status.