To my disbelief I was only able to answer 4 of them correctly, and that was mostly by guessing. The answers were quite shocking to say the least. The first, discouraging statistics is that we have better health care in America by twice and a half but our life expectancy is only ranked twenty- ninth. Many of the other countries are exceeding us by of fifteen years over the course of the past sixty years. The second the strongest predictor of health is based on wealth. However, the gap in wealth that 1% owned more than 90% combined was not surprising to me because the top 1% of those people inherited their money based on a article I had to read for a previous class.
The surroundings of a personal area where they live such as school, work or their environment can definitely affect a person’s health. When the factors are violence, stress and poor living environments. I know this from experience because I have lived through it. The case study “Place Matters” was very interesting to me because I was able to relate. There were two different neighborhoods one in Richmond, California the other Seattle, Washington. The study focused on aspects of the families economic, social and environments within a neighborhood.
In Richmond, California the main contributor was stress, which was causing poor health. The family lived in an area where certain disease such as heart disease was very common. This stress was cause by social and economic factors. Many of the individuals were living in areas were the crime rate was high; the violence caused stress on the younger generation because they were more affected physically and mentally. The male that was shown in the study had a heart attack at 49. He had a daughter that was only 15 that was killed. Alone, we see that he experience physiological and mental effects from these two problems. With these factors already occurring he had to still has to work in order to take care of bills which causes him to stress. The video states that people that live in Richmond put at least 30% of their monthly and annual income into their cars, food, health expenses, etc.
In Seattle, Washington, the low class areas receive grants to increase quality of life for residents. To make more areas more friendly and safe newer houses were built. Before the grant that the residents received to build new houses children suffered from asthma due to dust and mold. This was causing more money to be spent on hospital expenses. After the new renovations were done the resident’s children health increased and hospital bills declined. Thus the money that was used on hospital bills can be used on expenses such as food, rent, and other needed necessities.
These case studies express that genetics are not the only problem related to health issues. Environments and exposure to stress, violence and poverty can lead to heart diseases and other health related problems. Whereas, new renovations to low class environments, can decrease health issues such as asthma that occurred in Seattle. Genetics is only a portion of assessing health; there are many other factors that area affected.