How are racial differences in birth outcomes not reducible to class alone?

Racial Disparities in Pregnancy Outcomes

Some of you may be familiar with the “Unnatural Causes” educational series on social and behavioral aspects of health. Here is a video excerpt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUUJIG0-SlA&feature=youtu.be

After viewing, please reflect on the following questions:

What are health disparities? What are health inequities? What’s the difference, if any?

Birth outcomes, like other health indicators, follow the wealth-health gradient. Explain why wealthier and more educated mothers have better outcomes. According to the film, why do African American women at each income level have worse outcomes than their white counterparts?

How are pregnancy outcomes affected by racism and chronic stress? How are racial differences in birth outcomes not reducible to class alone?

Initial responses should be no less than 450 words in length not including your reference(s) and supported by at least two references (aside from the textbook)

Week 3 Essay: In sickness, in wealth

Given our wealth and medical advances, why does the United States rank 29th in the world for life expectancy (as of December 2007)? What are the connections between healthy bodies and healthy bank accounts and race / ethnicity?

Please feel free to view this video for some insights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_jNThSP5rQ&feature=youtu.be

Make sure you read and understand the directions and requirements for each Assignment. Please ensure you cite your references in APA format with a minimum of 3 references (You may use your textbook as a reference and you should have a minimum of 2 academic outside references). Assignment will be graded based on the following areas: Foundation and synthesis of knowledge, application of knowledge critical thinking, writing skills, and organization of ideas and format. Refer to Library Online Resource Center for any research assistance. Refer to the Student Handbook for policies relevant to academic honesty and other procedures and policies related to this course. The essay should be at least 2 pages in length not including references and title page.

 

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