Social determinants of health | nursing | Chamberlain College of Nursing
One major social determinant issue in my community that is impacting quality of life and health care is income inequality. In my area, there are significant disparities in terms of income between the wealthiest and poorest members of the population. Those with higher incomes have greater access to resources such as high-quality healthcare, healthy food options, educational opportunities, and job prospects. Meanwhile, those with lower incomes tend to be less able to afford these necessities, which can lead to poorer overall health outcomes and lower quality of life for those individuals. This income gap can also create a divide between wealthier neighborhoods and poorer neighborhoods which can lead to further disparities in services available. For example, some poorer neighborhoods may not have access to adequate medical facilities or proper nutrition education.
Income inequality directly affects many aspects of life in my community and has wide reaching implications on public health outcomes. To adequately address this issue would require collaboration between multiple stakeholders including local businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, healthcare providers, schools, etc., all working together towards creating more equitable systems that support everyone regardless of their economic status.