Several issues within Urban Poverty

Urban poverty is not new, but is often over looked as an economic issue.  Urban poverty today is rapidly getting out of control.  According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, “51% of children in urban areas—8.9 million—live in low-income families—up from 48% in 2000.”  It is important that urban poverty is recognized as a social, political and cultural problem that has profound impacts on public health.  There is an increasing exposure to an unhealthy environment when living in poverty such as: disasters, climate change and injuries related to violence and drugs.  Without having access to adequate shelter, healthcare and other resources, the urban poor face greater threats than those above the poverty line.  Around the world, many countries continue to narrow and define their role in finding ways to improve access to services for those in poverty.  Most countries are also improving their financing of healthcare services for the poor.  With the growth of poverty in physical and social environments, public health in urban settings could disintegrate because of the higher exposure to disease.  This would make disease prevention harder for the communities to control.  However, public health officials can use this information in a positive way to pave the way to enhancing health and poverty in the nation.

By: Samuel Ludgood, Class of 2014

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