Social Determinants of Health
By Galilee Ambellu, Emma Gillis, Täu Moon, Abigail Pugh, and Raekwon Williams
Social Determinants in Healthcare are the focal region of this playlist, which places community, discrimination, and the onion that is the healthcare amalgamation under a microscope. This playlist has subtopics, the personal perspectives of several individuals including Crystal Deshazor, a community health worker, and intellectual boundaries placed on the experience of a healthy community. She collaborates with the voice of Wilma Void, a government employee, to complete her thought by sharing the inequitable commercial state of her community as the two are consequentially paired. Lori Hinga and Lisa McKeithan’s stories are employed together to discuss the labyrinth-like path to decent care, obstructed further by the lack of timeliness to the reactive system people find themselves all too often constricted by. Nellene Richardson, a psychology major and political leader in Ward 3 of Rocky Mount, compartmentalizes (for comprehension) the status of the unfortunate necessities for a disadvantaged family as well as the personal catharsis that can result from individual empowerment for struggling women. Barbara Brayboy is yet another voice of someone who has been let down by the healthcare system and gives her audience a first-hand account of her experience, in addition to how reactive medicine combined with not enough preventative resources can affect our younger generations. Lata Chatterjee and David Caldwell take up the evening section of the essay when they highlight the hostile nature of healthcare to people new to it and the very necessity that is the lifeblood of, sometimes, what people spend generations to build as well as the adaptations someone in a foreign territory must make to survive in it. We find that the safest way to protect the experiences that will be delineated in this playlist was to tell them to another person and to have them recorded, just as oral storytelling has been a time-tested method of cultural preservation.