The influence of poverty on health is a health problem that transcends national borders

The influence of poverty on health is a health problem that transcends national borders. This week’s readings discussed some of the political, economical, and ethical issues that lead to health disparities in developed and developing countries. In addition, Dr. Mancuso and Dr. Huijer shared insights on working within political systems to bring about positive changes in health care in the media. Dr. Mancuso also stressed the importance of nurses in addressing these needs and in bringing about change.

To prepare for this Discussion, review Case 9 below: “Improving the Health of the Poor in Mexico,” presented in the Case Studies in Global Health textbook. Then, respond to the following:


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      • Do you think giving the cash grants to the mothers was a good idea or a bad one? 
      • What might have been the positive and negative consequences of this choice? 
      • What ethical issues might arise, or be addressed, from the cash grants program?Support your response with references from the professional nursing literature.



        Media   :Video: Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2010). Public and global health: Political, ethical, and economic influences on health. Baltimore: Author

        Course Text: Levine, R. (2007). Case studies in global health: Millions saved. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.  Case 9, “Improving the Health of the Poor in Mexico”

        The rural poor of Mexico suffer preventable childhood and adult illnesses because of unhygienic living conditions, poor nutrition, and social deprivation. This case study explore

        how one organization in Mexico sought to address these issues to improve the population’s health.


        Course Text: Holtz, Carol. (2013). Global health care: Issues and policies (2nd edition). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

        Chapter 4, “Global Perspectives of Economics and Health Care”

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