Population Health Inequalities Essay

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Population health social determinants of health inequalities (SDHI) is evaluated through a systematic approach, and is identified as non-linear, emergent and adaptive compared to a linear cause and effect relationship. Additionally, the generational health inequities arising from the social environments are social selection, social causation, and life course perspective which is also integrated into the population health complex system. First, social selection is defined as a person’s will determine their social and economic position in society. Secondly, social causation is the unequal distribution of resources, psychological stress from living in a lower socioeconomic society, and unhealthy behaviors practiced in impoverished communities. And lastly, life course perspective is a person’s lifespan effected by determinants such as malnutrition, lack of education, and high risk jobs susceptible to hazards and injury. SDHI, historically thought to occur from hierarchical power, has been limited in solving the disparities in health outcomes. According to system theory and complexity, SDHI cannot be explored through a linear microscope, evaluating the cause and effect one constituent part at a time. Instead, SDHI is described as the interaction between determinants; and, the nonlinerarity and emergence concepts illustrate the complexity in…show more content…
To measure population health outcomes, when using a simulation model, standardized measurements in income, education, and geographic location can be added to the unattended consequences such as obesity and nutrition. The minor change in rules (consequences) and conditions (standardized measurements) will illustrate divergent and perceived patterns within the complex population health system affording the assessor data to develop the means to lessen health
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