Health and Inequality

This blog series focuses on the ways the structural inequality present in our society causes dramatic health differences between “the haves” and “the have nots”.

Research shows that inequality affects health dramatically. This is important because our society, built on equality and freedom, has developed an economic system that produces huge monetary gains for a few individuals at the expense of the majority, that struggles for opportunity and financial stability. Studies analyzing nations, states, cities, and communities have demonstrated a negative correlation between inequality and health.

The link between economic inequality and well-being is also displayed through lower social capital, less trust, and cohesion. The widening of the wealth gap in America and North Carolina has decreased social capital and increased crime and violence. Physical and mental health are also affected by economic disparities.

All of these consequences culminate to reveal how the seeds sown by inequality contribute to the complexity and brokenness of our communities. This topic can fall under several different disciplines such as Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health. Though inequality cannot be eliminated completely, the wealth gap needs to be lessened. Increased awareness can increase political will to better the lives of the American people by minimizing inequality.

The goal of this blog is to provide insight on inequality in America and to discover its importance through exploring all the ways it negatively affects health. Because the wealth gap is an injustice that plays out in daily life through increasing crime and violence, causing poor health, and creating less cohesion among societies, it demands to be recognized and combated.

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