This week I took the Health equity quiz an scored a very low 3 out of ten. Because I scored so low I realized that I don’t know much about the health of Americans. While taking the quiz I just knew the answers I selected were correct but they were wrong. When the quiz was over it showed a list of the quizzed facts and I learned that America ranks very low for life expectancy. I thought it would be higher because I thought the United states were ranked highest in the advancement of medicine but I found that this was not true. What was true and shocking for the outcome was that we spend the most money but have the less of improvement of life Expectancy and health. I also found it strange that people had an increase in life expectancy due to social changes rater than medical advances despite the advancement in medications.
The video I chose to review was the Not just a paycheck because I know first hand how losing your job can effect your family and health. As people around me lose their jobs I saw people sell their homes and cars. They take on jobs at fast food places because the plants close and lay people off. The people in the clip showed how the town became more depressing and natives of Greenville can’t find work. The middle class in their town is shrinking. On the other side of this the town has gained more big stores like Wal-Mart and the high classes is building homes of the lake. But one family in movie shows how they may have to sell part of their land on the lake in order to survive. When these people lost their jobs the company did not help them in continuing to survive as most people in America have the individual survival attitude, every man for himself. Also the video shows how this factory closing didn’t just affect this small town but the Swedish too. However these people have a better-unemployed system, which helps them survive.
As I stated before the people who lose their jobs in Greenville were depressed and their health plummeted. Not having funds and too much time caused them to sometimes over eat and lose sleep. None of these have to deal with their genetic makeup but their social environment.