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Mobility, Accessibility, and Health Disparity

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Mobility, Accessibility, and Health Disparity. Mobility is defined as the ability to move freely between different areas of activity. Accessibility is the number of locations or services available within a specified area and the ease of which a person can reach them. For example if a person has a car then they have high mobility; but if they live 100 miles from essential destinations or opportunities then they have low accessibility to those locations. In contrast, if a person does not own a car but can easily walk to all of the necessary destinations then they have a very high accessibility rating. In general lower income citizens have very poor mobility and low accessibility because they cannot afford and live in
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Unformatted text preview: lower quality neighborhoods that are less aesthetically pleasing and lacking in quality resources. This scenario may be the major reason for the disparity in health between different social groups in the US. In the horse and streetcar era mobility and accessibility were fairly equal among all social classes but as the freeway era developed we became highly reliant on highways and automobile travel. This allowed for a huge disparity to occur between the rich and the poor and makes it substantially more difficult for low-income citizens to seek the healthcare and proper resources they need....
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