In this part of the course, we are learning how deep and strong the connections between socioeconomic status and population health really are. A number of factors (culture, institutional and public policy, individual beliefs and behaviors) have led to stratification of our local community in Madison; stratification that has produced and deepened disparities in health. Poverty is a concept that can be defined at multiple levels and has effects at multiple levels: individuals and communities can both suffer from poverty.
A PHS 795 student found an example of local stakeholders stepping up and calling for action to reduce poverty in the Latino community of Madison. They write:
This article relates to the lecture last week about socio-economic status, poverty, and health. It’s about how Latino community leaders in Madison are advocating for a “holistic, multi-generation strategy” to reduce poverty. The article explains how the Latino community is the largest non-white demographic in Madison, but they earn less than 46 percent of what white households earn. The Latino community has a 30 percent high school graduation rate and an increasing poverty rate. This local issue fits the Grossman model as discussed in lecture due to the incorporation of income, education, and racial groups. The community has goals to eliminate disparities in Madison such as increasing youth education services and providing more preventive health education programming.