W2 Activity: Post Prompt

W2 Activity: Post Prompt

 Category: W2 Activity

Title: Start your title with the week number (“W2 Activity: ”)

Choose ONE of the three Unnatural Causes episodes you watched to analyze in this post – write the title here (e.g. “W2 Activity: When the Bough Breaks”)

Body: (300 words)

  • How did you do on the Health Equity Quiz? (be honest!) Which statistics did you find the most surprising?
  • We often think that development, urbanization, and globalization mean greater health among local populations. However, this is not always the case. Pick one of the case studies from the unnatural causes episodes and summarize it.
  • Are there non-genetic factors that can explain these observed health disparities?

Comment: (200 words)

  • Pick a post that analyzes a different case study.
  • Discuss a possible solution to this health problem based on the summary in the post.
  • Is your solution political (a new law/policy/program/etc)? Biological (developing a cure/vaccine/screentest/etc)? Individual (better hygiene, healthier habits/etc)? Economic (funding/education/new jobs/etc)?… or something else?
  • Who should be responsible for alleviating this health disparity? Locals? Doctors? The government? Explain your answer.

One thought on “W2 Activity: Post Prompt

  1. Hey Mariam, great post!
    Accessibility to health services is something that is becoming more and more of a problem in the United States. In my opinion there is no quick fix to this problem, our healthcare system has many problems in it, not just accessibility. The system needs an overhaul to make it more efficient in every way. When I say that we need an overhaul everyone’s first thought is that I am talking about free healthcare, but this doesn’t have to be the way. America is losing money in its healthcare system in so many different ways that a redesign for the modern day would eliminate many of the problems. For example many poor people go into the ER when they have a problem instead of the family doctor. The ER can’t turn them away and so the ERs are filled with cases that are not emergencies. This is a very inefficient system that should be fixed. Wealth disparity in America is an obstacle and so are the high prices of drugs and procedures. Those same drugs and procedures cost significantly less in other countries. All I am trying to say is that the huge debate on healthcare is very black and white, but revamping the system to improve efficiency and accessibility can improve healthcare while seeing little to no changes in cost. Much of these problems are systematic and so change is going to have to start in high places like public health officials and the government. That is not to say that doctors and locals have no affect, if you make your voice heard or vote for a congressman you believe in you can help make a difference.

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