Health Disparities Research Paper

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Health disparities exist in all populations and effect every demographic in the United States. There are many causes for these disparities which lead to poor health and a barrier to quality care. Poverty, for example, is a major cause of health disparities in the United States, there is a clear link between socioeconomic status and health in this country. Within the African American population, poverty is highly prevalent and influences the health disparities faced by the population. High incidence of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease are just a few examples of disparities faced by impoverished African Americans.
Over 27% of African Americans in the United States are living in poverty("Poverty in Black America,n.d.). This is an alarming
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They are having a negative effect on the population and cause high morbidity rates. Although this population faces severe problems, a few simple ideas for solution can ease the burden.
Impoverished African Americans are disproportionally uninsured. This leads to disparities in health care access. Those who are living in poverty need more access to cheap and affordable care. Expansion of Medicare could help those who are in extreme poverty seek and receive the care they need. Substitutes for practitioners working in underserved communities could give incentive for physicians to help the uninsured get affordable care. These are just a few ideas that may help provide insurance, or at least affordable care, to African Americans in poverty.
Education may be the single most important, and one of the easiest ways to help African Americans in poverty end these health disparities. According to Dore and Eisenhardt (2015), "education is considered as the most SES component since it shapes future occupational opportunities and earning potential." Acquisition of an education is important and can go a long way in helping end all disparities effecting this population. It can mend almost all issues bearing the weight on those African Americans in
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27% of African Americans are currently living in poverty, they are greatly impacted by it and all problems that it causes. Many more actions and solutions must be persuade to end the problem.
Health disparities are differences in health and health outcomes. Poverty stricken African Americans face many disparities. They see disproportionate numbers of people dying from heart disease and stroke compared to even the next closest demographic. African Americans in poverty are also far more likely to suffer from diabetes and hypertension.
At the core, the cause of all of these diseases and disparities is poverty. Poverty is what causes a lack of insurance, lack of fresh foods, and education that neglects to teach healthy lifestyle and diet habits. With these negative effects come the various diseases that are seen at alarmingly high rates. The risk for diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and hypertension all Increase due to a lifestyle of

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