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World-wide Social Determinants of Health

A brief explanation of how broader population-focused determinants, which influence health inequalities and inequities, challenge the traditional approach for assessing population health. Then, explain your personal reaction to the concept of considering population determinants to measure population health. Expand on your insights utilizing the Learning Resources.

Use the following references

Readings
- Wilkinson, R., & Pickett, K. (2010). The spirit level: Why greater equality makes societies stronger. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Press.
o "Notes on Graphs" (pp. xix-xxi)
o Chapter 1, "The End of an Era" (pp. 3-14)
o Chapter 2, "Poverty or Inequality?" (pp. 15-30)
o Chapter 3, "How Inequality Gets Under the Skin" (pp. 31-45)
- Gehlert, S., Sohmer, D., Sacks, T., Mininger, C., McClintock, M., & Olopade, O. (2008). Targeting health disparities: A model linking upstream determinants to downstream interventions. Health Affairs, 27(2), 339-349.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2013). Foundation health measures. Retrieved from http://healthypeople.gov/2020/about/tracking.aspx
- WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. (2008). Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health. Executive summary. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/social_determinants/final_report/csdh_finalreport_2008.pdf

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The critical pieces in any discussion on health are noted right away at the Healthy People site, where notable issues usually discussed involve life expectancy, potential life lost, unhealthy days related to mental or physical issues, limits to traditional lifestyle and chronic disease. The body is amazing and the standard criterion taken alone misses other important qualities for both unhealthy lives that evolve and unexpected longevity. Healthy People 2020 suggests that, "Determinants of health include such things as biology, genetics, individual behavior, access to health services, and the environment in which people are born, live, learn, play, work, and age." When this writer first started working with and studying health education, Healthy People 2000 was hot and even now little has changed on the list. However, changes in the world HAVE transpired since that time and hence have reflected on current issues to consider when evaluating health determinants in the 21st century.

On the site issues of race/ethnicity, gender, physical/mental ability and geography are indicated and important to highlight in and real discussion on rectifying the challenges in the modern world with regard to disparities in worldwide health. Some societies and cultures handle these issues in a more advanced style ...

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Reactions to the concept of considering population determinants to measure populations health are discussed. 836 words.

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