I scored a 2/10 on the health equity quiz, so not very well. Almost every question surprised me. For instance, the U.S. live expectancy ranks 29th in the world and dozens of counties have passed the U.S. I thought we would at least be in the top 5, but clearly not. Another fact that surprised me was the Latino immigrants, even though they are poorer, have better health that those in the U.S. and when they arrive in the U.S. their health diminishes. That really says something about the U.S. if their health declines as they come, but there could also be external factors associated with this statement.
The case study I chose was Collateral Damage and was about the poverty and poor health conditions of the Marshallese people. During World War II, the United States invaded the Marshall Islands. They soon moved all of the Marshallese people off of the Marshall Islands in order to have room for nuclear weapons testing. This created urbanization because the cities were becoming more populated with the Marshallese and tuberculosis was on the rise. The United States then had a problem with their nuclear weapons testing resulting in a radioactive fallout. The residents affected by this fallout were treated and studied for radiation by the United States.
There are non-genetic factors that can explain these health discrepancies. When the United States stated nuclear weapons testing and building military bases, there was a direct impact on the Marshallese people. The non-genetic factor is the United States because by moving the Marshallese off their island they overpopulated the areas and made the spread of tuberculosis even worse. They didn’t have adequate nutrition or living conditions to help treat this disease. Treating the Marshallese was not enough; they needed to make a political decision. This decision had to be to for better housing, nutrients, and overall living conditions in order for them to really fight tuberculosis.