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Social determinants of health are very important to understand. Altogether social determinants encompass an individuals current health state. Furthermore, one's health depends upon many factors such as: location, access to healthcare, and general safety.
So we can generally determine a person's health by looking at social determinants. For example, someone who doesn't have regular access to adequate health care is more likely to be less healthy than someone who is.
However, as a society, if we are able to identify the problems with social determinants of health, we can work on bridging the gap! We can in fact work on helping those without access to health care, proper educations, work, etc. become healthier individuals thus improving the all around health of the public!
There are a lot of factors that attribute to one's socioeconoic status. These factors may include ones wealth, education, and income. All of these factors can affect a person's health as well.
For example if someone has a steady income, they can pay for regular doctor visits, healthy food, prescriptions, clean housing, etc. versus someone who doesn't make a lot of money or doesn't have an income at all. This person won't be able to afford many necessities which I stated above. So as a result this person, isn't as healthy as someone who has a steady/higher income.
What I found the most surprising was how ones general education can affect their health as well as their family's health. If a person didn't receive a proper education, their lack of knowledge could passed down generation to generation, thus creating a chain reaction of poor health education and practices.
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