As we learned in class, there are different factors of social determinants that can affect our health in many different ways. Some include education, socioeconomic status, physical environment, personal behaviors, employment, etc. Although some of these factors have not directly influence my health, they have influenced some of my family members. For me, education and socioeconomic status has had both a positive and negative impact on my family.
My parents were both first generation college students from their side of the family. They both value education and ingrained the same mindset, or behavior, into me. My parents were able to break away from their family’s cycle and gain a higher education to benefit them in the future. Earning a higher education allowed them to move our family to a more thriving environment. I feel that education and socioeconomic status played a heavy role in my life. My parents are knowledgeable about health and they make sure my sister and I are knowledgeable as well. They make sure we go to the doctor’s for yearly check-up, dentist office, and they make sure they we have a healthy, balanced diet. They made sure we have health insurance.
I could say that these things are simple, minimal needs, but that would be ungrateful. Most of my uncles, aunts, and cousins do not have the “simple, minimal needs” I have. Their social determinants, specifically education and socioeconomic status, play a negative role in their lives. Some can barely afford health insurance because of their socioeconomic status. The one that can afford health insurance, don’t go to the hospital if necessary because they health literacy or education as a whole. From my point of view, some of my extended family do not go to hospitals because they are intimated by doctors. My grandparents feel uncomfortable without my father, or my sister and I, in the hospital with them because they lack education. I feel that since my immediate family had the opportunity to gain a higher education and move up in socioeconomic status, it has put somewhat of a dent in the relationship between some of our extended family members and my family. Family is family and it shouldn’t negatively impact our relationship; but unfortunately, it does.