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HNSC 2140: Introduction to the U.S. Health System and Policy: Week 4: Discussion on Health Disparities

Prof. Kiyoka Koizum OER

Video: In Sickness and in Wealth

Attribution: Adelman, L. (Director). (2008). In Sickness and in Wealth [Video file]. California Newsreel. [58 min] Kanopy.

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Questions to think about:

  1. What determines health in our society? (“determinants of health”) 
  2. Does the level of wealth determine the level of health, in our society? 
  3. If so, is it justified in our “civil” society?

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Video: A class divided

Attribution: Peters, W., Cobb, C. E., Elliott, J., Woodruff, J., Fanning, D., Yale University., PBS Video,, Bishop's University. (2017). A class divided.

Questions to think about:

  1. How prejudice is formed? 
  2. Do you have prejudice? 
  3. Can we overcome prejudice?


Fuchs VR. How and Why US Health Care Differs From That in Other OECD Countries. JAMA. 2013;309(1):33–34. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.125458

SABRINA TAVERNISE. (February 12, 2016 Friday). Disparity in Life Spans of the Rich and the Poor Is Growing. The New York Times.

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Questions to think about:

  1. What is the life expectancy difference between the top half of the earning and the bottom half?