My role entailed taking note of the health factors affecting the market both positively and negatively. The observation of these factors required a critical evaluation of the environment to identify health issue that could arise as a result of the prevailing conditions. An assessment of the hygiene of different departments in the market as well as the availability of emergency medical care formed part of my role in the group.
There are many meaningful aspects of the activity which improved my perception towards healthcare and diseases. The conditions observed during the activity demonstrated that factors of health promotion are very important and their neglect can lead to deplorable health conditions. The role of hygiene in promoting health is clearly observed during the activity. Sanitation is not adequately addressed in the market, and this compromises disease prevention which is an integral component of health promotion. Lack of clean water in the environment, as well as toilets and proper waste disposal systems, impede the process of health promotion.
Notably, social determinates of health are significantly reinforced by the activity because most of the health issues in the market touch on the social factors that influence health. Economic systems and complex social structures contribute to health inequities through unequal wealth and resource distribution. Consequently, this leads to the lack of necessary resources to attain health equity. Lack of proper sanitation, education, and healthy foods are part of the issues leading to inequitable health and the activity demonstrated this phenomenon. People living in the evaluated environment are disadvantaged by social and economic status. Social health as a component of health promotion is therefore significantly affected since both social and physical resources needed to promote health are lacking.
The health of people living in a community is impacted by a number of integrated factors relating to the environment and social life (Roy et al., 2016). Similarly, the health status of the community assessed through the activity is seen to be affected by a number of factors. Lack of social amenities leading to lack of sanitation and proper health facilities point out to inadequacy in public service provision. Increased improvement and control on health matters is subject to health promotion; in the market, it seems that control is limited as the facilities do not allow the community to improve their health. Without water, the public is unable to improve its health status and thus not able to meet a significant aspect of health promotion.
Health promotion is an issue that requires the whole population or community in their daily life activities; it is not only concerned with preventing particular diseases or mitigating illness risks for specific health conditions. Health promotion and control is everyone’s responsibility and should be a part of daily life. For the community in the market to incorporate this health promotion activity there is a need to provide information and health skill which will facilitate effective actions for health.
Cooperation exceeding the provision of health services is required to restore sanitation in the market and to empower the public with regards to health promotion. Policies leading to sanitation improvement and public action through personal values which seek to promote health are required. The public fails to understand the risk involved in dwelling in unhealthy conditions and this is a significant public health issue. Education will empower the public to participate in continuous health promotion activities.
Roy, B., Stanojevich, J., Stange, P., Jiwani, N., King, R., & Koo, D. (2016). Development of the Community Health Improvement Navigator Database of Interventions. MMWR Supplements, 65(2), 1-9. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.su6502a1