Walden University Social Just

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Social justice is a concept that the majority of humans want to attain. It is equal fairness for all those who exist. It is recognizing our own privileges and educating ourselves on the disadvantages of others. My project for this course focused on health disparities in the predominantly Black community of Gifford, Florida. Through my windshield survey, citizen interviews, and research done, I was able to see how years of mistreatment has led to a system of injustice and was able to visualize how they were all connected.

In order to create social change, society has to be able to listen. Listen to those who are not heard or underrepresented, who are screaming for our help, rioting for fairness, and yet we turn a blind eye. I believe that my project sheds some light on an issue that is rarely talked about: the unfairness that Black women live with in our society. How past and present actions, influences, and determinants have seasoned an oppressiveness in the Black community. I chose this topic mainly because of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. I realized that I needed to check my own bias and research the inequities for myself. I found statistics and data that could not be explained except for the fact that it was just plain and simple unfairness. I asked myself, “If obesity is leading to the untimely deaths of so many black women, why isn’t anybody talking about it?” Instead, society has made it even more unfair, and has completely stereotyped them and placed them in a bubble of negativity. The black women I met while doing this project, who opened their homes to me, were willing to speak to me about these issues, and completely opened up to me, have changed my life forever. Simply doing this project has opened up an entire new realm of understanding to me, made me see things the way they are, and how they have to change.

Our textbook speaks of health equity. It means that every single person has the right to achieve maximal health (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2020). Health is a basic human right. But how does someone have rights if we put barriers in the way to achieve them? Its like holding up a cookie to a 3-year-old, but to get that cookie, you must walk through a hallway covered in tacks. Completing this project gave me a sense of self awareness. I will take that self-awareness in all things I do now and in the future. That is how we instill true change, starting with one person.

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Walden University Social Just

I need a paragraph response to the post below:

To me, social justice means that the playing field for every single individual begins evenly. My version of social justice can only exist theoretically as it would require every person be afforded the same opportunities at wealth, education, healthcare, and basic resources regardless of gender, race, sexuality, birthplace, and all other factors beyond an individual’s control. Social justice is by far not the same as socialized medicine or communism. Socialized medicine is simply government-funded medical care, whereas communism is a social construct of no privately owned property with everything being controlled by a central government or leader.

The healthcare system is not fair. I personally am an emergency room nurse and see the same scenario mentioned in this week’s discussion prompt. We are primary care providers for many in our community because the poverty level here is above national average and most of our citizens do not have health insurance due to inability to afford it. While it can be frustrating as some do misuse the ER, a lot of people are there because they genuinely have no other option. Health insurance is expensive, health care without health insurance is even more expensive and no amount of “bootstrap pulling” is going to place some people in a position to afford either. I consider a healthy quality of life to be a human right. We weathered through the beginning and peak of a global pandemic by utilizing a socialized, government-funded health care system. Covid testing, unemployment, and now vaccination is being funded by governments instead of falling on the shoulders of individuals. And because of this, even uninsured populations are receiving care and immunizations that they otherwise would be forced to live without. Berger et al., (2020) speaks of the necessity of covid care being inclusive to be effective. In that same sense, people presenting to the emergency room for care they cannot afford at a primary physician office do deserve care despite inability to pay.

I would love to sit behind this keyboard and know the answer to all the questions proposed to us this week. However, I do not think there is any truly correct answer to what should be done if a medical care magic wand existed. I do know that what is currently in place is not conducive to combatting social injustice. We are not all born with a leveled playing field, we do not all begin at the same starting line. Until we do, the emergency room will be utilized as primary care for those unable to afford medical services elsewhere, prices for insured patients will continue to rise to cover the lost costs, and other people will live poor quality lives without medical care until they die because they cannot afford to pay for their basic needs.

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