Junior Management Major Sociology Minor
How did I get involved with IMPACT?
Why am I interested in my trip focus?
Community Health is a crucial part of any successful society, however, this topic is very broad and includes a wide range of factors. Here, we’ll narrow it down into some key terms and facts.
- Community wellbeing: The combination of economic, social, cultural, environmental, and political conditions identified by communities and the individuals of that community that are key to flourish and thrive
- Equity: An equitable community supported by values of individual empowerment, diversity and social justice where all members are treated equally and fairly, basic community needs are met, and there is fair and equal opportunity to meet personal potential and have access to education
- Connectedness: Connection is fostered by a communities networks that: offer social and mental support, enhance and encourage trust, foster civic engagement, and empower members to participate in the community and in democracy as a whole
- Livability: A sustainable and livable community that is supported by the infrastructure and includes public safety, human services, education, housing, and transportation
- The United States ranks near the top in income-based disparity between people who went without needed healthcare because they couldn’t afford it.
- 1 in 5 people in the bottom third of income skip medical treatment because of cost.
- Race and ethnicity are primary factors to consider when examining health inequity.
- Certain groups that are more vulnerable to experiencing mental health problems include minorities, homeless people, survivors of violence, the LGBT community, and those with disabilities.
What does Community Health and Wellbeing look like in Athens?
- Athens-Clarke County serves as the social service hub for most of the Northeast GA region. Many rural communities commute to Athens to receive healthcare that is unavailable in their area
- The amount of people living in Athens without health insurance is steadily increasing, with a percentage of the population without it at 17% in 2017
- 36% of the county’s residents live in poverty.
- Athens-Clarke County ranks 57th in health factors and 66th in health outcomes in the state’s 159 counties.