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.

Environmental Exposures and Global Family Health

Environmental Exposures and Global Family Health

Environmental exposures and global family health

The Global Burden of Infectious Disease

Case 5.1 Aisha: Malaria—A Disease of Poverty

Four months ago, Aisha and her four-year-old son were displaced due to a devastating combination of years of drought, which left their small farm barren, and recent violence that not only took her husband's life, but also forced Aisha and her child to flee with little more than the clothes on their backs. They joined tens of thousands of other displaced Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) citizens who relocated to refugee camps. Those living in these camps often suffer from a lack of clean water, food, shelter, and access to medical treatment (Doctors Without Borders 2012a). These harsh living conditions increase these victims' ...

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