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The recognition of the political nature of health & appreciation of the political determinants of health are key to better understanding despair & health inequality, as well as our shared responsibility to ensure the conditions under which people can enjoy hope & health equity.
The decline in life expectancy is occurring in part due to deaths from despair. From 2007 - 2017, the mortality rate from drug overdoses increased 82% while suicide rates increased 24%.

Many problems associated with poor health stem from lower incomes.
“...it is essential to rethink the hegemonic discourse of the right to health so that it becomes a first-class human right intrinsically coupled to the other social, political and economic rights.”

Benach, et al. 2019 #SDoH #HiAP link.springer.com/chapter/10.100…
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Growing sense of social status threat and concomitant deaths of despair...

New from Arjumand Siddiqi, @Odmaa11 @DarrickHamilton @tressiemcphd & @SandyDarity

#SDoH #HiAP #Interdependence
“The evidence of this trauma... remains clearly visible in the form of a generation-long, negative discontinuity in the historical trends of life expectancy, infant mortality, or height attainments.” #SDoH #HiAP #Interdependence
The study by @shwoolf & @heidi_schoo detailing years of cumulative insults to the nation’s health, represents a call to action.

“...tracked the seeds of retrogression to the 1980s & 1990s, identifying factors related to economic, social & policy trends.”
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