I chose the article by Barr and Shrio (2022) titled “The pandemic showed why social and structural determinants of health matter. Now it’s time for policymakers to act” for this journal entry because the authors discuss the socioeconomic determinants of health from the perspective of COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic is the most recent and one of the most serious global catastrophes that have shown major flaws in the US healthcare system. This article relates to my life because COVID-19 has become widespread, and with the popularization of vaccinations, people should be aware of the potential danger of this illness and ways of preventing it. From the sociological perspective, this article is valuable because it discusses the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has had on white patients when compared to black or Latino individuals.
This article connects to what I know about sociology because it has been long established that there are social determinants of health, and people living in disadvantaged communities may have limited access to healthcare services. This reminds me of the class reading by Adler and Ostrove (1999) because these authors wrote about the effect of socioeconomic status’ effect on one’s health. The article by Barr and Shrio (2022) has left me with several questions. The questions I have after reading this text include the strategies that policymakers can implement to address socioeconomic determinants. Additionally, I would want to know about ways in which the affected individuals can improve their health and access to healthcare services. In summary, this journal entry discusses the article titled “The pandemic showed why social and structural determinants of health matter. Now it’s time for policymakers to act.”
Adler, N., & Ostrove, J. (1999). Socioeconomic status and health: What we know and what we don’t. Annals of The New York Academy of Sciences, 896(1), 3-15.
Barr, A. & Shiro, A. (2022). The pandemic showed why social and structural determinants of health matter. Now it’s time for policymakers to act. Brookings. Web.