Health disparities (i.e. differences in health outcomes across populations) across a wide variety of health conditions and for a wide variety of human groups are pervasive in the United States and elsewhere in the world. Using concepts explored in the readings related to intersectionality theory in addition to course texts, select a health issue and a group of people who experience health disparities around that issue. For your chosen issue: PEDIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH AND AUTISM, please answer the following:
What is the health issue, and why do disparities in health outcomes exist for the population you’ve selected? Provide an overview of the magnitude and importance of your topic (5 points).
Using an intersectional approach, examine some of the “upstream” structural factors or social determinants that shape disparities in health outcomes (5 points). Why do disparities exist in the first place?
Using some of the concepts and perspectives we’ve explored in class, what are some possible solutions to your chosen issue (5 points)?
Why did Rudolph Virchow, one of the founding fathers of medical sociology, famously say, “medicine is a social science and politics is nothing else but medicine on a large scale. Medicine as a social science, as the science of human beings, has the obligation to point out problems and to attempt their theoretical solution; the politician, the practical anthropologist, must find the means for their actual solution”. What is meant by this and what does it have to do with health disparities (5 points)?
4-5 pages, plus references (both in-text and as works cited page). At least 3 references are required, two of which are included as articles in the “supplementary materials” tab. Please format your document to be 1-inch margins all around with 2.0 line spacing, 12-point font.
Answers to each of the 4 questions above are worth 5 points each.
Books for references: 1. Cockerham, William C. Medical Sociology, 13th Edition. Boston: Pearson, 2016.
2. Adelson, Naomi. ‘Being Alive Well’: Health and the Politics of Cree Well-Being. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Other References you can use are attached.(Supplemental readings)