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By Lauren Coddington, Mark Dingfelder, Nora O’Connell, Armaan Punj


This playlist features interview clips detailing how social factors, present and past, correlate with one’s relationship with and perspective of healthcare. The clips cover how present social support, childhood experiences, and family traditions affect one’s perspectives of healthcare and their social, emotional, and physical health. 

Clips from Vickey Everhart and Nellene Richardson allowed us to represent the crucial positive correlation between social support as an adult and a healthy relationship and perspective of healthcare. Vickey Everhart, an adoptive mother, discusses how after adopting a little boy with chronic illness, her community collaborates to support her financially as he undergoes more than 40 surgeries. Nellene Richardson, a health care worker, explains her experiences with treating and working with people suffering from addiction and the necessity for social support during treatment. 

Similarly, Sabra Hammond, Lisa McKeithan, and James Morgan display how parental circumstances during childhood developed their opinions and relationships with health care. Sabra Hammond, a Physician’s Assistant at CommWell, discusses her family’s strong emphasis on attaining quality healthcare from a young age and how that influenced her to pursue a role rooted in healthcare. Lisa McKeithan is a program director for Positive Life that grew up in Dunn. Her mother was a CNA and while growing up she saw what joy it brought her mother. As a result, she wanted to go into healthcare. Eventually, she specialized and started working on an HIV/AID project. James Morgan is a biochemist and pharmacist from Dunn. His father suffered from alcoholism, and he delves into how he dealt with that growing up, and how it affected the people around him. Throughout one’s childhood, their cultural experiences such as home remedies influence their perspectives and attitudes towards healthcare. Tammy Blackman, an x-ray technician at CommWell, talks about the home remedies her grandmother used to heal Tammy of various injuries and diseases. She talks about her experience helping the Latino and Hispanic community around her and caring for her parents through sickness.

When one receives plentiful social support throughout their upbringing or in their adulthood, they are more likely to continue forming a positive relationship with and perspective of healthcare as well as an improved state of personal well-being. This diverse set of clips allowed us to demonstrate the power of social factors in one’s personal attitudes towards and experiences of healthcare. 

Student Essays

Social Support and How it Affects Health

While social support looks different for everyone, it is a necessity in maintaining mental health and ultimately physical health. When dealing with difficulties, especially medical ones, it is imperative that the one suffering has an active and supportive social group, … Read more

The Effects of ACEs and PCEs on Adolescent and Adult Health Outcomes

Introduction Childhood is a critical period in human development in which adverse childhood experiences and positive childhood experiences have significant impacts on mental and physical health in adolescence and adulthood. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are events caused by perceived intentional … Read more

Parent in Healthcare Indicative of Personally Going Into Healthcare

Introduction Lisa Mckeithan and Sabra Hammond are two healthcare workers local to North Carolina who took drastically different paths to get to their profession. Through comparing their life stories and more specifically childhood experiences my goal is to deduce the … Read more

The Role of Social Support in Prescribed Medical Treatment Adherence

A medical professional’s role is to suggest and discuss treatment plans when their patients face disease or injury. The willingness of patients to follow medical suggestions can vary, and there is often a disconnect between healthcare providers explaining treatment plans … Read more