According to Health People 2030, social health determinants are functions within the environment where human beings are born, live, learn, play, and all factors that affect health and quality-of-life outcomes. This post will discuss neighborhood and built environment, one of the five Social determinants of health domains, and how it affects infants, adolescents, adults with disabilities, and frail older persons.
The neighborhoods and environment people live in having a significant impact on one’s health and well-being. For infants, the conditions they are exposed to are essential because they include the readiness of the parents to take care of them (Laddu et al., 2021). This health domain determines the financial ability of the parent as well as where the infant will be raised based on what the parents can afford. An adolescent is affected since parents can respond to behavior and discipline style in the neighborhood. In addition, a supportive home environment through education forms an essential factor in the child’s future.
A well-developed surrounding is vital to adults with disabilities because it reduces stress and mental health. This is because it helps reduce disease prevalence and exposure to things that can harm them. In addition, it prevents complex conditions from happening since their causes are quickly neutralized before they become more severe health problems (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2020). Therefore, developed homes improve the health of adults living with disabilities. This domain is vital in building positive behavior change among frail elderly persons. The environment in which one dwells is proven to increase health equity and reduce the health imbalance implying few injuries to weak elderly people. The setting determines the type of risks and lifestyle experienced by elderly persons since they are critical in old age health factors such as constant stress and pressure.
Laddu, D., Paluch, A. E., & LaMonte, M. J. (2021). The role of the built environment in promoting movement and physical activity across the lifespan: Implications for public health. Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, 64, 33–40.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2020). Social Determinants of Health – Healthy People 2030 | health.gov. Health.gov.