Based on materials from this week, there are some journals and video clips that support how to define among races, genetics, and health. For races and genetics, even people have different races with different culture, being healthy or not are determined by checking individual’s health at the hospital. Even though different cultures and environments may cause certain diseases that are relatively higher than other races, being unhealthy and healthy is depending on how the individuals care about their own health not just because it derives from racial differences and genetic differences. For example, the journal, How Race Becomes Biology: Embodiment of Social Inequality from Gavlee explains that race/ethnicity affects on genetic problem on health is only assumption without being tested. Also, the real studies show that there is no genetic data that has effects on different races. Another example would be the film “Becoming American.” In this film, comparing immigrant Latinos’ life style and health status to Americans. When they present immigrant Latinos’health, they say that it is ironic that Latinos are healthier than Americans. However, that is only because the area that immigrant Latinos live in is poor and dangerous not because of their race and genetic differences. At the end, immigrant Latinos will be having the same diseases as Americans because they are getting used to the American culture and environment. Overall, races, genetics, and health are not strictly related and affecting each other, but there are little connections between genetics and health relations by inheriting from ancestors without considering any race.
The health disparity that I chose is Tuberculosis. Generally, Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that bacteria normally attacks person’s lung, but can attack any of body parts to cause coughs, sneezes, chest pains, and fever. It can be spread through the air when people have TB infections such as coughing and sneezing to other people. The reason why Asians are more likely to have Tuberculosis is that most of Asian countries are still developing countries which cause poor immune system and living in an inadequate environment. Furthermore, Tuberculosis has social determinants because it can be spread through people within concentrated areas and large populations. Also, in Asia, there is no strong knowledge of Tuberculosis in order to prevent or beware of certain situations of spreading through humans compare to other races living in developed countries.
“Basic TB Facts.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. March 13, 2012. Accessed May 30, 2015. http://www.cdc.gov/tb/topic/basics/default.htm.
“New CDC Data for TB in the U.S.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. March 19, 2015. Accessed May 30, 2015. http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/2015/World-TB-Day-2015-graphics.html.