1. Introduction . The Study Of Neighborhood Effects On

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1. Introduction The study of neighborhood effects on health outcomes is a popular topic of interest among social scientists. Neighborhoods have the potential to affect an individual’s health as access to health care and proximity to medical facilities vary according to location. Previous studies demonstrate how affluent communities provide better public services for residents in comparison to low-income communities (Abramson 2015). Similarly, affluent communities tend to be safer, experiencing reliable transportation and accessibility to nutritious foods as well as opportunities to be physically active. Low-income neighborhoods, on the other hand, experience structural inequalities that limit the availability of health care services and…show more content…
Despite the fact that this neighborhood is a low-income community, it has a higher income level relative to the extreme poverty experienced in the communities in Mexico. Second, using the interview of my eldest sister I examine how her move from the low-income neighborhood of Arvin, CA to a middle class neighborhood in Berkeley, CA encouraged a healthier lifestyle and increased access to health services. Thus, as the socioeconomic status of a neighborhood increases so does the availability of services and quality of care available for the individual. 2. Interview Methods The first individual I interviewed was my mother, Maria; she is forty-nine years old and currently lives in Arvin, CA. Maria was born in a rural village in Nayarit, Mexico and migrated to the United States at the age of eighteen. Since migrating to the United States Maria has worked a variety of minimum wage jobs in agriculture, ranging from farms to factories. Her most recent employment has left her on temporary disability due to a workplace injury and a subsequent surgery. In addition, Maria is diabetic, has high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a hereditary condition called Polycystic Kidney Disease. Due to distance, I interviewed Maria through a video call while she was in Arvin and I was in Berkeley. I originally conducted the interview in Spanish and
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