The Importance Of Poverty In Our Life

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Populations living in poverty are more vulnerable and therefore at greater risk of heath detriments. Poverty and poor heath are linked due to many factors including: money, having to make difficult decisions just to make ends meet i.e.: food over a doctor’s visit, car repair over food, and poor access to healthcare. My experience on Spent, (SPENT, n.d.), served to remind me, how fragile our lives really are. I did this exercise three times, each with a different job, each time making different decisions. I made it fourteen, nineteen and fifteen days before running out of money. Difficult decisions I had to make included: not attending a relatives funeral, not having money to help pay for my mom’s medications, having to put my dog down because I couldn’t afford vet costs and not having the money to afford the foods I want my children to have. Looking back on my early twenty’s I experienced some similar challenges. Living paycheck to paycheck, eating popcorn and mac and cheese and working several jobs to make ends meet. But I was young and was only responsible for myself, while attending school and hopefully working toward a more stable lifestyle. Many of us at that time were experiencing similar challenges, so we helped each other out when we could. However, if I found myself in a similar situation now, the results would be heartbreaking.
A household is considered to be living poverty when the “household income falls below the threshold considered to be adequate to support

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