1. The U.S. spends $2 trillion dollars per year on medical care, yet our outcomes are among the worst in the industrialized world. Explain why this is so.
A - These behaviors themselves are in part determined by economic status. So our ability to avoid smoking and eat a healthy diet depends in turn on our access to income, education, and what we call the social determinants of health.
2. Jim Taylor and individuals in his District confirm that on average wealthy Americans like Jim live longer, healthier lives than those in the middle or at the bottom of the class pyramid. What daily factors or barriers do Jim and his family have to overcome to live long happy lives?
A - They have to find time to prepare meals and exercise. Also, they have to have the money to be able to do these things and also purchase the needed healthy food that often costs more.
3. In Tondra Young’s middle class neighborhood, health outcomes are worse than Jim’s District, what daily factors or barriers do Tondra and her family have to overcome to live long happy lives?
A - Tondra has to have the money to be able to purchase healthy food. Also, she had to go back to school as a college graduate has an average life expectancy of more than 2 years than one who does not.
4. Corey Anderson and his wife struggle to get by in their neighborhood, what conditions exist that lower their life expectancy?
A - His wife lost her job which resulted in her having high blood pressure. Also, their combined wage is only $48,000, so they don’t have enough money to save. Corey has also been recently diagnosed with high blood pressure.
5. Mary Turner is an unemployed mother who struggles to overcome deprivation and feelings of hopelessness, what conditions exist in her neighborhood act as barriers for her health and longevity?
A - She has 3 teenage sons and a husband that is disabled. She only has a $200 budget a month to spend