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The Social Determinants of Health: How Can We Tackle the Causes of Health Inequalities?

This article draws attention to the growing crisis in health inequalities, and the increasingly critical role that the social determinants of health play in determining health outcomes. It reviews the health policies of an increasing number of countries that are embracing the social determinant of health concept, and it gives some practical examples of how you can tackle the causes of health inequalities in your workplace.

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Social Determinants Of Health

The Social Determinants Of Health Means

The conditions in which someones are born, live, study, work, play, worship, and age are known as social determinants that come to the social determinants health category they have a consequence on a worldwide variety of health, functional, and quality-of-life outcomes and problems.

The SDH has a big impact on health inequalities, which are the unequal and preventable inequities in health status that exist within and across countries. Health and illnesses follow a social gradient in all nations, based on income: the worse one's socio-economic status, the worse one's health.

The following are some examples of socio-economic determinants of health that can have a good or negative impact on health equity:

  • Money and social security.
  • Education.
  • Job instability and unemployment.
  • Conditions of working.
  • Insecurity in the food supply.
  • Development of children in their early years.
  • Nondiscrimination and social inclusion.
  • Conflict in the structure.
  • Access to reasonably priced, high-quality health care.

Why reduce health inequalities;

Inequalities become "unfair" in my view because poor health is the effect of an unequal percentage of the primary economic health status for people (for example, unequal opportunities in education or employment).

Some health inequities have clear social effects facing, such as the spread of viral diseases, the consequences to the face of alcohol and drug abuse, or the frequency of violence and crime-related problems.

How can we reduce the causes of health inequalities?

Inequalities in health have been found in nearly every developed country and for almost every disease. Gender, geography, ethnicity, and socioeconomic position all have a role in selecting health status in various demographics.

Research of evidence-based actions to reduce health inequities was done by HIRC as part of its work.

The following are evidence-based strategies that help for reducing health inequalities;

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1. Macroeconomic social policies

Follow policies that invest in physical assets (such as health-care facilities, schools, transportation networks, and housing) as well as social assets to increase national health capital (i.e. education, social security, etc.) Reduce financial dissimilarities and poverty through implementing progressive taxes and providing rightful income assistance to those who are poor (especially families with children).

2. Living and Working Conditions

In lower-income families, implement community development programs that focus on creating supportive community networks, including funds to invest in schools, daycare centers, and leisure facilities, and health services.

Implementing workplace changes that give employees more protection over their jobs and workplace conditions.

3. Behavioral risk conditions

Implement behavioral change conditions among broke peoples, taking into consideration and being sensitive to the obstacles to change that challenging living circumstances might impose.

Support and structural change are added to the mix to make the process of change go more smoothly.

4. At various levels of risk, intervening;

People are at various levels of risk for bad health: Behavioral dangers, such as smoking or a lack of physical activity; physiological risks, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Social challenges, such as loneliness and low self-esteem, are other factors to consider. All of them are. Risk levels are typically linked, with one leading to the other. It is critical.

The solutions for reducing health disparities include population-based initiatives at each risk level. impact on a proper and long-term motive.

5. Intervening to have a long-term impact;

Over time, various types of interventions will have a big impact on our lives. Interventions at many levels occurred, for example, to enhance infrastructure.

Encouragement to walk and exercise might have a long-term impact on health. While stopping smoking will have both immediate and long-term impacts on our health.

6. Interfering throughout a person's life

A life-course strategy means that efforts to minimize health disparities begin before birth and continue until death.

Six policy topics were highlighted by Marmot, four of which have an impact over the life span:

A. Ensure that every kid has the best possible start in life.

B. Enable all children, teens, and adults to reach their full potential and achieve their goals. they have command over their life.

C. Ensure that everyone has access to excellent jobs and fair pay.

D. Ensure that everyone has a healthy level of life.

E. Create and create environments and communities that are healthy and sustainable.

F. Expand the part and effect of disease prevention.

7. Health-Care system

Maintain a non-targeted universal healthcare system. Provide a healthcare system that is supported entirely by taxes.

Provide a healthcare system that is economically, geographically, and culturally accessible. As a supplementary strategy, implement healthcare reform and intersectoral collaboration.

8. Avoid health disparities

Health disparities can be avoided to the level that they are caused by government policy choices such as taxation, business and labor regulations, welfare benefits, and healthcare financing. As a result, governmental actions may potentially improve good health environments.

© 2021 Parusharam sagar


manjah zakaria from marrakech on October 21, 2021:

Excellent article Prsagar; thank you so much for this information.

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