Health Disparities Based on Socioeconomic Status

Health Disparities Based on Socioeconomic Status
Sharon Acton
Nicole Hatcher
July 1, 2013

Health Disparities Based on Socioeconomic Status
Child poverty can be discovered in every corner of the world, whether the country be rich or poor. In most any country there are children living within the overwhelming effects of poverty. It has become a global epidemic, and the impacts it has on children are immeasurable. This paper will discuss child poverty in the United States and how it has impacted our poor children in this country. It will also go on to discuss the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and my feelings on the lack of health care for children.
The general public often views the United Sates as the land of opportunity and plenty. We see television ads asking for financial donations for children in other countries who are living in poverty. We have a myriad of organizations that work to help battle poverty throughout the world. This country may be looked upon as a land of plenty by other countries, but the United States also has problems of its own. One of those problems is child poverty. As of 2006, there were 39.7 million United States citizens living in poverty, and single mothers and women had the poorest households in that same year (Hildebrandt & Stevens, 2009).   In 2006 a single parent of a household of three with a yearly income of approximately $16,000 was considered living at the poverty line (Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 2011, p. 17). One third of all the homeless people in the United States are entire families with children, and the numbers are continuing to (Macionis & Plummer, 2008, p. 35).
The statistics of child poverty in the United States are heart-rending. There are five million poor children under the age of six years old in this country (Macionis & Plummer, 2008, p. 40). It has been estimated that over 17 percent of children, adolescents, and teenagers in the United States...