Response: Social Determinants of Health
The post offers informative analysis of the social determinants of health. The post identifies three key elements of social determinants of health that are typically overlooked. Firstly, it identifies the physical environment as a key element with a focus on subsidized local farmers market that has health, wellbeing and financial implications. Secondly, it identifies individual behavior as a key element since personal action determines the risks that an individual is willing to take. Thirdly, it identifies access to health care as a key element since it determines whether or not an individual would have access to medical services if and when required. In addition, the post explores how the local population demographics interact with social determinants of health to influence health outcomes. The author specifically notes that measures (such as free medical follow-ups and health promoting events) have been implemented to improve health outcomes for elderly populations in the local community. Finally, the post explores acknowledges that nurses are in close contact with patients and this places them in a unique position to address social determinants of health to improve public and community health. The author mentions that nurses can identify risk factors and educate patients and their families on how to address them. Still, there was a need to include more information on how nurses can intervene, to include creating public awareness, adjusting care approaches, providing information on useful local resources, and forming advocacy alliances (Lewenson & Truglio-Londrigan, 2017). The post concludes with a comment from the author that the acquired knowledge on social determinants of health will be applied in professional practice and personal. This is a good and practical application of knowledge. Overall, the post offers useful information about social determinants of health. Response: Social Determinants of Health
Lewenson, S., & Truglio-Londrigan, M. (Eds.) (2017). Practicing Primary Health Care in Nursing: Caring for Populations. Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC.
1)Due to our program and its previous content I was aware about most of the elements mentioned about social determinants of health. I wanted to mention the following three as a key element for me.
-Physical environment: (Subsidized local farmers market) The environment and physical surroundings have a big impact into our health. By introducing small changes, we could have big changes in our lifestyle and therefore into our health and wellbeing. If an induvial is capable of find local resources such as: Job opportunities, affordable and healthy food markets, recreational and green spaces for physical activities. Being healthy would be an easier task to accomplish. In this scenario by walking instead of driving to get to work or buy food, could increase our daily physical activity and therefore health could be improved.
– Individual behavior: (City health department) I consider it is the most important element on social determinants of health. As it is ultimately the individual, who is responsible for his own health. They action of introducing healthy life style, healthy choices, and good understanding of the causes of chronic diseases to the general population, by the mass media and the government is key. then the individual would be able to recognize by himself his own risk factors and then take action in order to improve and sustain a healthy life style.
– Access to health services. (WHO “solutions and strategies”) getting an equal plus excellent medical treatment is the priority and it should be available for all, despite social differences.
But it is concerning how the WHO visualize their strategies to solve this. The WHO is, on my opinion, very naive about, how they present the government as unique responsible into the health and wellbeing disparity. By saying things like “if their citizens are underemployed government MUST offer retraining and LIFE LONG access to learning” mentioned in video #2, this kind of postulates that may sound nice and even fair, are totally utopic. And insufficient considering our overpopulated and modernized industry, that every day requires fewer human interventions and has less job opportunities. Response: Social Determinants of Health
2) in my local area has had a big impact the social determinants. As my neighborhood is predominantly for seniors the local authorities are constantly doing free medical follow ups. Plus, regular events promoting physical activity and healthy life style. And people has responded well to this interventions. Also, under the current pandemic they have provide constant information and aid to those who are in need. this has helped to reduce the possible positive cases around my community.
3) we as nurses, are in close and constant communication with the patient and their environment. This is key because we would be able to notice risk factors properly and educate our patients and their families about how to change and improve them. We are the most important part of prevention and promotion. Our knowledge and the opportunity of an open and truthful communication with the patients, would allow us to intervene directly to those who need it the most and make a real change in their life. By constant and clear communication, we are able to teach and guide our communities in order to prevent chronic conditions and to promote healthy life styles.
4) I would introduce this knowledge not only into my professional practice, but also into my personal life. By being aware of these social determinants I would improve my clinical interview. Asking key elements could guide me in the recognition of risk factors that I previously omitted. Response: Social Determinants of Health