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Transcript of Poverty
People in the
are in poverty
defines poverty as; "The state of
one who lacks a usual or socially
acceptable amount of money or
Poverty is a social condition
National Public Radio
points out, writings dating
back to the 18th century
show that substance and
belonging define poverty. Those writing said that if a man came into public without a linen shirt
he would be seen as lessor. With gossip occurring assuming he did not have enough
Therefore, if you don't have
enough money to meet social expectations, people think
you are poor, and eventually
you will start believing
that you are poor too.
2014 Poverty line standards
As defined by the US Government
But I don't
feel like I am
Socially who are you?
A 21 year old
Student, with a
part time job,
who lives in an
her boyfriend &
we split bills.
But socially at my age this is not a problem.
Last year I was financially
below the federal poverty line
My car needs to go to the shop, I loose my housing, I start having medical concerns, I get in a car accident, or I get pregnant.
At that point society will not help someone like me.
The bank will not give me a loan to repair my car because I do not
make enough at my
job. I am now left without transportation and do
not life anywhere close to public
I cannot afford a down payment on a house or a security deposit
and I am unable to save up for a down payment. I am unable to receive a loan
I may end up
My employer does not provide health insurance & out of pocket expenses are out of the question.
So I opt out of
The car accident that I was in sent me to the hospital by ambulance & the driver that
caused the accident did not have any insurance. I do not have health insurance. I cannot afford a lawyer to
fight for my justice. I am now thousands of
dollars in debt.
I was born into a low income family &
sexual health education was not
something that I received. I heard about
getting on birth control, but I could not
afford the monthly payments that
went along with it. My partner refused
to wear a condom & told me that pulling
out was effective. As a result of these
circumstances I am now pregnant.
Because I do not have health
insurance paying for doctors
visits and needed prenatal care
will be difficult. This is just
the start of medical
expenses with a baby.
Real Life Poverty & Public Health Concerns
What does real life events
Slipping into Poverty
Each example is an example of life events that may occur
to any individual throughout a life span.
But individuals in poverty
may not have the needed
precautions to account
for life emergencies
like the previous
United States Slipping into Poverty
Poverty is a public health issue
31 percent of adults who
lived below the poverty line
in 2011 said they had been
diagnosed with depression at some
point, almost twice as high as the rate
for those not in poverty — 15.8 percent.
The amount of adults in poverty with
asthma(17.1 percent) or obesity (31.8 percent)
was 6 percentage higher than the amount
of adults not in poverty.
Studies also show that diabetes, high
blood pressure, and heart attacks were more
likely to effect those in poverty than those
who are not.
Smoking was far more prevalent among adults
in poverty, 33 percent of whom said they
were smokers, compared to 19.9 percent
of those that are not in poverty.
Americans living in poverty are
significantly less likely to have access to
basic health necessities that could help
them either treat or prevent numerous
chronic health problems.
four in 10
Americans in poverty
lack health insurance
4 -in- 10
they are significantly more likely to be uninsured, to lack a personal doctor, and to lack the money needed
to afford healthcare or medicine.
the health of Americans
in poverty will likely take a
multi-step approach. Getting people
out of poverty is the key, but the journey could
be difficult for those with health problems that aren't being properly addressed.
Educating is key to
Getting the necessary
care when needed
Access to resources
By the Numbers
Did you know the life expectancy
of a woman at the TOP of the
income scale can expect to live
an entire decade longer
than a woman of the same age
at the LOWER end?
who are financially
short-term over long-term
benefits when making decisions.
This type of thinking is what
drives a person with persistent
chest pain to self-medicate in
lieu of visiting
“Because you have
you can never
plan for the future,
and can only
the present crisis.”
Robert Sapolsky, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers
Key Facts about the uninsured
In 2013, prior to the Affordable Care Act starting,
there were 41 million uninsured individuals.
The number of uninsured people increases during
recessionary periods, because people lose their jobs.
61% of uninsured adults said that main reason they
were uninsured was because the cost was too high.
Most uninsured are low-income working families.
The uninsured often face unaffordable medical
bills if they do seek care.
less likely to
receive any type
of preventive care
for major health
for long periods
of time making
a “mortal risk”
of death far
Solutions to Poverty
Kick start job growth
Raise Minimum wage
income tax credit
Work on pay equality
Provide paid leave &
Paid sick leave
work effectively with
Invest in quality affordable
child care and education
Push for Justice system
Work on forgiveness
for justice upsets
Link with poverty
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