The Social Determinants Of Health

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When looking at the social determinants that affect the health and wellbeing of the population it is important to have an understanding of what these terms mean. Health is defined in the oxford dictionary as being free from illness or injury however many argue that to be of good health does not necessarily mean to be completely free from illness and disease. The American Nurses Association in 2010 argued that everyone will go through times of good health and times of illness and that “the presence of illness does not preclude health, nor does optimal health preclude illness.” The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age and how these can influence our health. (WHO 2012). Arguably one of the main influences of health is the environment that people are living in and how their housing conditions can impact on their health and quality of life.
Anspaugh, Hamrick and Rosato (2011) propose seven components of wellness. The first that they mention is environment and it appears that people are becoming more aware of their environment and how it can make an impact on their health and wellbeing. Home is considered a place where children can grow and develop successfully. However, many homes may also cause damage to physical health, mental health and lower school performance (Saltzman et al 2001).Damp and mouldy living conditions have an adverse effect on symptomatic health, particularly among children. Children who are living
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