In this week’s activity I learned a lot of statistical facts about the harsh reality of the world we live in today. The Health Equity Quiz was very intriguing and interest and to begin I was doing quite well with my prior knowledge of the US health standings. Then around question number 4 I began to take a downward spiral which resulted in me scoring a 6 out of 10. This was a horrible score but was also a reality check to quite a few healthcare concerns I had never considered to be an issue before this quiz. For instance there was a question inquiring of the best predictor of one’s health. Without hesitation I considered past medical illness and genetics but no this was incorrect, the best predictor of individual health was income or wealth. I find that to be strange considering the fact that so many people live in poverty or even worse below poverty levels around the world.
I agree with the notion that we often times believe that development, urbanization, and globalization mean a greater health outcome amongst local population, which can in many instance be false. I selected the episode of Unnatural Causes “Not just a paycheck” and this documentary investigates the true issues of inequality in relation to the stress that with being laid off. Electrolux (spell check) decided to abruptly transport their refrigerator factory from Michigan to New Mexico which resulted in hundreds of workers becoming jobless. Many of the employees are currently dealing with the stress due to this lack of income.
Epidemiologist Sir Michael Marmot discusses this undeniable correlation between wealth and health. How those individuals who are wealthy even within this mentioned area have better health and more opportunities to ensure they remain within this state of health. In this instance of the factory closing and cause a great deal unemployment I believe that factors such as stress would be consider a contributing influence to this notion of health disparity not only in Michigan but around the world.