This interdisciplinary text examines five different components of family health-biology, behavior, social-cultural circumstances, the environment, and health care-and the ways they affect the abilities of family members to perform well in their homes, workplaces, and communities. Special awareness is paid to health disparities among individuals, families, groups, regions, and nations. The author discusses how health of individual families influences our local, national, and global communities. Families and Health argues that family health is not a privilege for the few, but a personal, national, and global right and responsibility.

Social Determinants and Family Health

Social Determinants and Family Health

Social determinants and family health

Health Disparities among Families

Case 4.1 The Injustice of Health Inequities

Kendra worked hard to reach her current position of a chief executive officer (CEO) at a major American insurance company. At age 59, she takes pride in her success as well as in her health and that of her family. Ten years earlier she and her husband, Tom, quit smoking with the support of their medical plan. They and their three children strive to maintain healthful diet and exercise behaviors. They live in a lovely quiet neighborhood with ample biking and walking trails surrounded by a safe and beautiful environment. As college graduates, Kendra and Tom are keen that their children attend the best schools and experience ...

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