Continuing Social Determinants of Health: Income

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The relationship between income and health is not always clearly defined. For example, is it income alone that explains differences in health between those with higher income and those with lower incomes? Or is it the differences between income levels juxtaposed with other factors, such as education?

Invariably, socioeconomic status, social class, and social position influence health outcomes across racial and ethnic groups, gender, and age. The impact of income on disparities in morbidity and mortality can be observed as you move along the income hierarchy.

For this Discussion, view the media piece, Unnatural Causes: Episode 1 in this week's Learning Resources. Think about how the information presented in the media relates to health disparities and well-being.

This Discussion will be available from Day 1 through Day 7 of this week. You are required to submit your initial post by Day 3. You are encouraged to post early. Once you have submitted your initial post, start engaging in a discussion with your colleagues. You must respond to at least one of your colleagues by no later than Day 5 and should continue to interact frequently with your colleagues through Day 7. Part of what makes a Discussion a discussion and not a lecture is the back and forth, in-depth, animated interaction of at least two people. If you start a topic and none of your colleagues are responding, consider what you can do to get the conversation going. Include something that would elicit further thoughts and different opinions from colleagues. Validate your opinions with references and links to the sources you used so that your colleagues can read them for themselves. See your Discussion rubric in the Course Information tab for specific grading requirements.

Post by Day 3 an explanation of how the lives of Jim Taylor, Tondra Young, Corey Anderson, and Mary Turner exemplify concepts like the wealth-health gradient and the importance of power and control. Explain what differences emerge when comparing data maps of disease rates in the Louisville council districts and how this relates to health disparities. Then, explain two findings from the Whitehall study that you found most profound for explaining the connection between health and wealth. Be specific and provide examples.

Remember to begin interaction with your colleagues in the Discussion no later than Day 5 and continue engaging through Day 7. Continue the Discussionby Day 5 and suggest alternative social determinants that may be associated with health, wealth, power, or control that your colleagues did not describe that may contribute to health disparities.

Support your work with specific citations from this week's Learning Resources and additional scholarly sources as appropriate. Refer to the Essential Guide to APA Style for Walden Students to ensure that your in-text citations and reference list are correct.


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