Archive for April, 2012
In this assignment, I
had to obtain information on the health status for different Race/Ethnic groups
in the city of Housatonic, Ma. and compare it to other city. The city I would
like to research will be the City of Malden, Ma. The data that is collected
pertains to the race/ethnic groups of the White Non-Hispanic, Black
Non-Hispanic and Latino/Hispanic. In this chart, the Housatonic has much lower
rate than Malden, reason being, because there is no Latino/Hispanic population
in this geographic region.
It was interesting in learning/analyzing
that in the Housatonic area, Latino/Hispanics are also at disadvantage, in comparison
with Whites Non-Hispanic which have 112.8%. Furthermore, analyzing the data
collected for the State of Massachusetts, it’s evident the White Non-Hispanic
are at greater disadvantage compare to with the Latinos/Hispanic 304.7%. For
the Latino/Hispanic population staying healthy is very important, as they face
very high rate of poverty, for this reason they experience disparity related to
health care services and insurance coverage. The Latinos/Hispanic face a number
of disadvantages that would negatively impact and affect their health welfare.
Good health represents
a minimum condition for full participation in most dimensions of life conditions,
which include the ability to work, attend school, and participate in full
activities. In order to decrease the Asthma Hospitalization for the
Latinos/Hispanic, I believe that more health coverage and healthy ways of
living will help with some of the health issues that are evidently a problem.
The minority communities seems to be suffering from a more contaminated (Polluted)
environment and this may be a factor as to health problems that are presents in
the cities that research has been performed.
population is affected in many more areas such as education, labor, immigration,
community development etc.. Despite their relatively socioeconomic status or
other disadvantages such as discrimination, large areas of the city of Malden
are reflecting many health issues. They have significantly higher prevalence of
Asthma than White Non-Hispanic.
According to the data
in the chart above, Black Non-Hispanic suffer much worse health consequences than
White Non-Hispanic between both cities. This may be due to the racial
discrimination, lack of affordable health services, poor health education, and
health coverage. Health problems not only have an elevated physical cost, they
also have an enormous economic cost. One thing that we learn is how to create
and maintain excellent health, Our bodies are machines likes which rely on food
and drink for survival. Therefore when we consume inappropriate foods and
drinks, we create conditions under which the body becomes sick. Eating style also
can contribute to minorities (Latinos) and Black Non-Hispanic having more
health issues compare to White Non-Hispanic because minorities tend to eat more
junk food rather than healthy food.
Hospitalization Rate per
100,000 and 95% confidence
MassCHIP, Department of Public Health. Found at: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/researcher/communityhealth/
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