The topics of race and discrimination in the journal article show disturbing data of African Americans who are more likely to have physical and mental health issues. The constant exposure to racism that African Americans face leads to serious health issues such as hypertension, depression, and feelings of unworthiness. In Du Bois’s article “Du Bois stressed the role of socioeconomic inequality, such as unit housing, unsanitary living conditions, and poor food quality”. (Monk 397) It seems as if African Americans are going through these socioeconomic inequalities because of race and how they less fortunate because of societal views. Going back to the history of slavery, light skinned blacks were favored more than darker skinned field slaves.
However, in the early 1990s, a series of prospective studies were set up in London. These studies reported that rates of schizophrenia were 1.2 per 10,000 for the ... ... middle of paper ... ...quently diagnosed with schizophrenia than other races, which can primarily be attributed to misdiagnosis. This misdiagnosis is a result of diagnostic tools that fail to properly take cultural differences into consideration, as well as a lack of education on how to interpret these cultural differences. African-Americans are also less likely to seek and receive specialized treatment for cultural and economic reasons. Black patients benefit most from treatment by those in their own ethnic group, as well as clinicians with a mindful awareness of cultural differences and the justified mistrust of psychiatric care.
It seems as though racism is the cause of many of the health problems that are faced by African Americans. Whether it is because African Americans generally do not receive the same health service as Whites or because direct racism causes higher blood pressure, racism has a negative health effect on African Americans (Belgrave &Allison, 2010). Purpose The purpose of this experiment is to see whether racism has an effect on the self-esteem of African Americans and the health risks associated with racism, mainly high blood pressure. The independent variable is perception of racism and the dependent variables are the self... ... middle of paper ... ...nd blood pressure. Racism is a problem facing many African Americans in the United States.
Lower levels of educational attainment and poverty are significantly linked to poor health outcomes as observed amongst the Somali Americans (Williams & Jackson, 2009). Additionally, the disparities are more evident since the other non-minority population groups with higher socioeconomic status have significantly improved their health status. Cultural Differences Difference in cultures is another reason for health disparities between the Somali Americans and other non-minority population groups. The majority of healthcare professionals are from the non- minority groups who have cultures that are different from those of the Somali Americans (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015). As a result, there are differences in the cultural aspects like language, which limit their access to and utilization of healthcare services Mental Illness among the Somali
The second factor that impacts the access to health care is poverty. The respondents below poverty threshold have worst odds for all the health care indicators. The gender of the respondent has some impact on the health care access as females have better access in flu shot, pneumonia vaccinations and in reporting a usual place for care. Age of the respondents is another factor that displayed a directly proportional relation with the access to health care system. As the age of the respondent increases the odds of getting access to healthcare get better too.
Introduction Infant mortality in the United States is considerably higher than other developed countries. One of the leading causes of this tragic statistic is low birth weight (LBW, 2500 g). An infant’s birth weight can be utilized as a predictor for health and directly linked to future health risks and outcomes (Holland, Kitzman, & Veazie, 2009). In the United States, the population group with the highest incidence of LBW is African American women. This perinatal racial disparity is evidenced by a wide array of social, cultural and behavioral factors that have an impact on LBW infants born to African American women.
The health in Hispanic communities is considered poor this is not due to factors that are prevalent in other minorities but due to the lack of access to health care and health care coverage. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health explains “It is significant to note that Hispanics have the highest uninsured rates of any racial or ethnic group within the United States.” With this issue leads lower health rates. Living conditions are also low within the Hispanic community this is due to the lack of funds available to the community. It leads back to not having enough income. Therefore housing is not adequate and often overpopulated to save cost.
Healthy People2010, a published report put out by the Health and Human Services Division of the Unites States Government (2000) has included as part of its Goals for 2010, to eliminate health disparities among different segments of the population. According to this report, health differences occur depending on a persons gender, race or ethnicity, education or income, disability, rural locality, or sexual orientation. In this paper, I will mostly concentrate on racial and ethnic differences as well as socioeconomic differences. According to the Healthy People 2010 report, biological and genetic differences do not explain the health disparities experienced by non-White populations in the United States. Besides "complex interaction among genetic variations, environmental factors, and specific health behaviors," Health and Human Services says, "inequalities in income and education underlie many health disparities in the United States."
(American Geriatrics Society & American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, 2003). The literature also states that depression goes untreated very often among African-Americans. One of the reasons for this may be that cultural differences in the way depression symptoms are manifested, defined, interpreted and labeled may in part explain some of these racial differences in help-seeking behaviors. (O’Connor et al., 2010). In fact, depression looks different for the typical black patient, than the typical white depressed patient.
The social inequalities that are present in our society are also present in our health care. A person from a minority group who experiences racial discrimination is more likely to become ill. When they do become ill, they will find it more difficult to become well due to the inadequate health care. This explains why racial health disparities exist. Conflict theorist claims that larger social systems are intergraded, but rather separated by race, class, and gender( ____).