The Future - The Future Health Promotion Americans are...

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Health Promotion Americans are taking prevention seriously. More work to be done All people are not successful Health psychologist have more tools to try Intervention design for mass consumption will be at the Community level Workplace level School level
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Focus on Those at Risk Defining “at-risk” status Coping with “at-risk” status Changing modifiable risk-relevant behavior
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Prevention What is behavioral immunization?
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Focus on the Elderly Next 20 years Largest elderly cohort ever seen in U.S. Will this cohort be ill and drain services? Will this cohort be healthy and active? Interventions should focus on Diet Exercise Good Health habits
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Refocusing Efforts Mortality vs. Morbidity Cost – Chronic diseases are expensive to treat Quality of life is higher when free from burdens of chronic illness
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Promoting Resilience Health psychologists have ignored positive experiences that keep people from developing chronic disorders Focus has been on risk factors instead
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Medical Practice Treating illness vs. preventing illness Physicians are high in status Tend to be persuasive agents of change Prevention with healthy patients is important in physician's daily practice
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SES and Health Disparities Low SES (socioeconomic status) Potent risk factor for morbidity and mortality Life expectency-6 year gap More intense stressors have cumulative toll on health Higher risk of low-birth weight babies Heightened risk of infant mortality Heightened risk of accidents African Americans Higher levels of depression, anxiety, hostility, and other emotional risk factors Higher rates of HIV, hypertension, diabetes, and trauma
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Social Change to Improve Health Individual change vs. social change United States Spends more on health care than any country in the world, but Does not have the longest life expectancy
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