Honestly I got about half of the questions on the Health Equity quiz wrong. Many of the answers to the questions really took me by surprise, for example despite our “advance healthcare” we are at 29th place when it comes to overall life expectancies. Even with the fact that we spend two and a half times more on healthcare than most countries. Another interesting fact would be that males in Bangladesh (one of the poorest countries in the world) have a higher chance of reaching 65 than African American males from Harlem.
In the episode Becoming American we see that the Mexican newly immigrating families are the most healthy individuals in the US. Although they move from a underserved country and venture to the United States (an fully industrialized country), in the episodes case they came to a prominent wealthy city in Pennsylvania. We see that their health deteriorates as they spend more time assimilating to the American culture. One point is that although they come into the country with very low financial stability their health is great. They mentioned that one of the farm workers hadn’t seen a doctor in many years.Their health my be due to immigrant families close knit dynamics and helps cushion many stressful moments that would otherwise be terribly stressful to an isolated individual (as they also said that people who are isolated tend to have worse health).
There are many non-genetic factors that allow for health disparities such as work place rank/position. In the unnatural causes episode “in sickness and in wealth” they did a study on monkeys on their relationships toward each other. They found that comparing the arteries of “dominant” monkeys to “submissive” monkeys, that the “dominants” ones had healthier arteries. Since they are “dominant” they can go as they please not having to worry about anyone but themselves. They made this correlation to comparing the CEO of the hospital to that of the the janitor that cleaned the hospital. The janitor had less control of his work and thus lead to being stressed over being shifted around. This could be why many Immigrants could have worse health the longer they become american, they can only find low income jobs that virtually give them no control (or sometimes basic workforce rights) thus leading to becoming more stressed over time.