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Chapter 2 Notes

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Chapter 2 Discussion on 9/6
Intro to Public Health
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Crysta Meekins on Tuesday September 6, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 201 at University of Kentucky taught by Dr.Cprek in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 4 views. For similar materials see Intro to Public Health in Public Health at University of Kentucky.


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Date Created: 09/06/16
9/6    Politics are nearly always controversial    The number one determinant of health is your SES (Socioeconomic Status)    “Parenting”    Social Justice:​ suggests the minimal levels of income, basic housing, employment, education,  and health care should be seen as fundamental rights (Common Good)    Market Justice:​ emphasizes individual responsibility, minimal obligation to the common good,  and the fundamental freedom to all individuals to be left alone (Individual Responsibility)    Sources of Public Health Controversy    ❖ Economic Impact  ­ Businesses often resist public health measures because they affect profits  ­ Those who must pay may not be the ones who benefit  ­ Costs may be short­term, while benefits may be long­term  ­ Costs easier to calculate than benefits    ❖ Individual Liberties  ­ To prevent harm to others  ­ Paternalism  ­ To protect individuals from their own actions  ­ The “Tragedy of the Commons”    ❖ Moral and Religious Concerns  ­ Sex and reproduction  ­ Alcohol and drugs  ­ Assisted suicide and other end­of­life decisions    ❖ Health Disparities  ­ Health disparities are defined as inequalities that exist when members of certain  population groups do not benefit from the same health status as other groups  ­ Common divides where we see health disparities:  ● SES  ● Race/Ethnicity  ● Gender  ● Geographical Location (rural/urban)  ● Age  ● education  ❖ Politics and Science  ­ Union of Concerned Scientists: 2004  ● Signed by 60 leading scientists including 20 Nobel Prize WInners  ● Documented multiple accounts of administrations or suppression of scientific information  ­ Abstinence Only Program  ­ Abortion and Breast Cancer  ­ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report on Climate Change 


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