I got a 5 out of 10 on the Health Equity Quiz. I was most surprised by the fact that recent Latino American immigrants have better health than the average American, and that their health diminishes within a few years upon arrival into the United States. This was shocking because it really opened my eyes to how poor the average health in the United States is, especially when most people tend to view our country as technologically advanced, powerful, and wealthy.
In the video titled “Not Just a Paycheck”, the narrator describes the effects that plant closures, particularly in Greenville, MI, has on not only its prosperity and wealth, but the health of the people who lost their jobs due to the closure. The video emphasizes that the people working for these plants that are shutdown lose so much more than just a means to support themselves financially. As the employment rate skyrocketed, the health of those people who lost their jobs plummeted. More people went to health care clinics for a range of symptoms, many involving increased stress leading to negative health issues. Some people went to clinics just because they were unable to handle everyday life anymore and struggled to find the next step or steps to take. The video also described the differences in health between people of different economic classes. Health and economic status are shown to be positively related in that the higher the economic status of a person, the greater chance that person is to be healthy.
I believe that nearly none of the factors that lead to the health disparities shown are genetic factors and that the decrease in health is simply due to added stress on the people in the video from being unemployed and worrying about how to support themselves and their family. Although genetics can play a role in how certain people handle different stresses, unemployment is enough to make any person stressed to the point that it leads to some sort of detrimental health effect, whether it be as minor as increased headaches or migraines, to increased blood pressure leading to heart failure.