"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about."
Margaret J. Wheatley
When a patient is admitted to a health facility a routine and protocol kicks in. You begin to ask the essential questions, get the regurgitated answers and move forward from there. It is at this moment that the social determinants of health either make or break the patient in their total delivery of care.
Community health is the foundation for improved health and wellness throughout our nation. However, it rarely gets the support that it needs to make a deep enough impact so that the hospital interactions are minimal for those who least can afford it.
Health inequalities infiltrate over 41,000 people in America, as poverty is the #1 influence of
health disparities. As health is strongly related to income, poor people have higher mortality rates.
Because poverty is persistent and can span over decades, the consequences are generational, which poses our deepest challenge when it comes to bridging the gap of health disparities and inequalities.