The Health Equity Report of 2017, is a comphrensive study written and
compiled by Brandy N. Kelly Pryor, PhD; Rebecca Hollenbach, MPH, CHES;
Aja Barber, MS; and T Gonzales, MSW. The authors define health
equity in Louisville to mean that all have a just and fair
opportunity to attain good health and for all to be able to
reach their maximum potential as a human. The Health Equity report
suggest that inequites in practice and policy should be addressed if we
want to eliminate health disparities.
Since asthma has no known cure, those who suffer from asthma
learn how to recognize triggers that set off asthmatic
symptoms. Exposure to dust and air pollutants are common
triggers, but can be better managed when limiting those exposures.
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District implemented
The Strategic Toxic Air Reduction (STAR) program in 2005.
The STAR program was intended to regulate harmful pollutants
originating from large industrial emitters. UofL has conducted
long-term monitoring efforts that show the effectiveness of the
STAR's program in lowering toxic emissions and
improving air quality in parts of West Louisville.
Cancer is the leading cause of death in Louisville. Almost 7% of
the adult population has been diagnosed with cancer not including
skin cancer. One reason for elevated rates of death from cancer
could be the lack of access to healthcare. If cancers are
left unevaluated and untreated, they can become more serious,
at which point the treatments will have more adverse
effects, often resulting in a premature death.
Our environment plays a key role in the outcomes of our health.
Each of us have unique circumstances that help determine our
quality and quantity of life. The Health Equtiy Report calls
these unique circumstance our root causes of health.
West Louisville has a disproportionate amount of Jefferson County's
homicide cases. When our communities continually lack economic
development, this can lead the citizens of these communities
to react with violence. When we witness gun violence, we
are more likely to carry our own weapon as well as
experiencing psychological distress.
Suicide prevention in strongest when we can address social
determinants such as access to mental health services, positive
neighborhood environments, and reducing access to the means of suicide.
You can visit Prevent Suicide to learn how to help others in times of need.
In current day, the top cause of lead poisoning in children,
is still dust from lead paint. There is no amount of
lead in the air, water, or soil that is acceptable. There is
no safe level of lead in the human system. Those that are
youngest have the most ill effects from lead poisoning.
Over 80% of Louisville's toxic releases are in the air
in West and South Louisville coming from 56 Toxic Release
Inventory facilities. Almost 80 hazardous air pollutants
are what they release into the air. All of these hazardous
pollutants are harmful to human health, with at least 22 pollutants
increasing the likelihood of cancer risk.
An 88 minute documentary suggesting risk management procedures
do not take into account that the average human body now
carries with it almost 250 toxins. With the invention of over 100,000
chemicals since the last world war, modern day medicine does
not look at the low levels of various combinations
of hundreds of chemical exposures in our system.