Geography relationship with population and health are intrinsically linked. In each area of the world, there are different diseases that occur based on the geographical location. Through daily activities, the exposure of the air we breathe, the food we eat, the viruses we can contract and the health services we can access are directly influenced by geography. The natural environments affect our health in ways that are directly pertinent to health policy. The geographic setting and the connection between of places plays a vital part in determining environmental risks as well as many other health issues. The population of the people in each place is different their lifestyles, habits, and interests that changes and are influenced based on the environments they are in. For an example people in the United States may work all day which causes them to cook less and eat fast food. But in a third world country like Haiti, the people do not have the same luxury and have to cook regardless of what they have been doing all day. The geographic location influences many …show more content…
When looking at a population, everyone health factors, living conditions and demographics are going to be considered. There is not any exclusion because health issues do not only affect on a person at a time. Everyone is involved in population and health whether it is voluntary or involuntary. The concept is important to the users because with health from a geographical perspective is vital to be informed on what is going on in other countries, states, and cities for travel purposes. Valuing health geographical helps stay aware and informed. Of the different conditions that other places may contract and have to live with. The population is important to users because it is the people of places. To know who identifies with a place helps people who visit or research each
Social hierarchy and conditions within a community has a direct impact on the health and wellness of the people that reside within the boundaries of that city. Major contributors to the welfare of a neighborhood include but are not limited to: the area in which they live, their social standing within the population and the income of the individual or family. Each factor has a severe influence on the life expectancy of the peoples within the society.
Physical environment can affect to other areas of determinant of health, such as the social intersection, individual behavior, biology and genetics and access to health services. Physical environment of the determinant of health may consistent a social factor and the physical condition of the environment, which both of this impact a wide range of health, function and quality of life outcomes. For instance, available and accessibility of resources will enhance people and the community to stay health, safe and content. The available of playground, safe water, clean air, healthy workplaces, safe houses, communities, employment and etc, are all contribute to good health. All this condition is very important to a community and to individual and without it will may rise problem in other area of the determinant of health. For instance, living in a community that has low quality of air raise a health problem in that community and may cause of or the result of the social interaction of determinant of health, individual behavior and health services. The physical environment is important because the instability of this can cause many problem to the people who live
Living in a remote area has always been thought to have negative influences on the individual. There are 35 % of the total population in Australia living in rural area(Phillips, 2009).Rural areas in Australia and all over the world are not geographically isolated and disadvantaged only but also culturally and economically deprived which has great consequences on the health status of the population. The main two factors that have a major effect on rural health are socioeconomic status and cultural issues(Beard, Tomaska, Earnest, Summerhayes, & Morgan, 2009).
The social class someone belongs to is a major factor in determining how healthy they are. Social class is the most singular reason for differences in health between people in the UK since social class is closely linked to available wealth, itself a key determinant in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Hence, almost all social inequalities which affect health are related to social class. Unsurprisingly people in lower social classes tend to be less healthy than their middle-class counterparts (Warwick-Booth, Cross, and Lowcock, 2012). Geography is an important factor when determining standards of health. On a regional scale geography links to social class. There are clear differences in average life expectancies between different cities in the UK. For example, the life expectancy of men in Manchester is
Determinants of health extends far beyond healthcare and is influenced by social and economic determinants. Poor health is linked to poverty and all health choices depend on available resources and circumstances. The rural area is faced with more hindrances for getting quality healthcare. Those whom live in these areas are more likely to be malnourished and be exposed to unclean water and indoor smoking. These factors should be included when doing an analysis of health benefits, Health seeking behavior can be used as well and classified as family, community healthcare services and the state. Social economic status only looks at the inequalities when other factors such as lifestyle, ethnicity, and education should be included as well. The factors are not always included with health policies (Shaikh, 2008).
Access to health care impacts behavior choices. If an individual has to travel a long distance to receive medical care they could be less likely to seek said care. Geographic location can be linked to many health issues, such as pollution and diseases. If an area has a warm and wet climate, they probably have more mosquitos leading to a high prevalence in malaria cases.
Not only is it the individuals lifestyle that contributes to their overall health, but it is also things such as their environment that they live and the circumstances they live in (World Health Organization).These are called determinants. When discussing environment pertaining to health, we must take into consideration that this also means the social, economic, physical environment. As stated by Levins and Lopez, “Genes may influence how we relate to our environments, while society can determine the environments that we face..” (p. 270) indiciating that it is not only one factor that determines our health, but many. At a York University Conference held in Toronto in 2002, 14 different social determinants of health were using ranging from Aboriginal status to unemployment, to food insecurity (Mikkonen, Raphael, 2010). There are also factors such as income and social factors, education, genetics, social support networks, health services and even gender that are determinants of health. Something we individuals need to remember is that we cannot blame people for having bad health when some of the determining factors are completely out of their control. I feel that a person 's physical environment are one of the most important determinants of health due to the damage it can do to one if they have a poor environment surrounding them. Where an individual is born and raised is not a choice that people get to
Geographic studies on health care and wellbeing have often been divisive. Some researchers have primarily been devoted to health structures, examining correlates and predictors or describing patterns in data using sophisticated statistical techniques (Aday & Andersen, 1974; Buor, 2003; Wilson & Rosenberg, 2004); whereas others have focused on psychosocial elements and/or the cognized environment and how they influence or inform the patterns of health care access, usage and behavior (Parr & Philo, 2003; Parr, Philo & Burns, 2004). The task for most emerging health geographers and researchers including myself has been to merge these dichotomized approaches to health studies and social science at large (Hartshorne & Clark, 1962; Lawson & Staeheli,
A wide range of determinants, including physical, social and economic factors, as well as individual’s characteristics and behaviours influence the health and well-being in this population. Advanced age, dementia, side effects of psychotropic medications and dementia related psychological and behavioural symptoms have direct impact on this population’s health (Wetzels et al. 2010). Social and environmental factors, such as carer-patient relationships, lack of staff and resources, interact with the key determinants, which indirectly impacts on long-term institutionalised clients’ health and well-being (Bradshaw, Playford & Riazi 2012).
The idea behind public health should include all population with in the community, both free living and those living in institutions.
The climate has a big impact in influencing people moving to certain countries. Climate unsuitability accounts for many of the most sparsely populated and uninhabited regions of the world. The affects on climate to an individual person is known as biometeorology, but humans can adapt to different climates aided by newly formed technology. Most common person enjoys the sunshine but it is crucial that rainfall regularly happens to prevent drought seasons happening. Dry conditions can also deter settlements.