New Mexicans that live below a certain level of federal poverty level and to more than 50% of New Mexico children (National Center for Health Statistics, 2019). As such, people with health coverage are likely to receive preventive medical care and are less likely to suffer from preventable illnesses and complications resulting from those illnesses. Currently, the world has drawn its attention to the heavy burden imposed by chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and respiratory ailments. This has led to pressures and high costs in the system and the costs are projected to rise in the coming years. whereas chronic illnesses were considered diseases of affluence that affected the wealthy and the elderly, it is clear that they can impose significant burdens to individuals of any age. As such, all states should take a step to invest in chronic diseases prevention and identifying the areas that require more research. Even though various social and economic policies are not classified as a part of health care infrastructure, evidence shows that they can have great impacts on health and disease by
KEY HEALTH INDICATORS IN NEW MEXICO 3 altering social determinants of health. Pan (2017) states that social and economic policies in New Mexico have significant effects to Social Determinants of health such as income supplementation, family strengthening, employment and housing and neighborhood. However, these policies target the low-income populations and rarely consider health as their initial mission or outcome.
KEY HEALTH INDICATORS IN NEW MEXICO 4 References National Center for Health Statistics (US. (2019). Health, United States, 2018. Knestrick, J., & Mullaney, S. (2019). Q&A: The 2018 America's Health Rankings® Senior Report. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 31(2), 89-92. Pan, W. (2017, November). Application of Complex Health Survey Design and Analysis. In APHA 2017 Annual Meeting & Expo (Nov. 4-Nov. 8). American Public Health Association.
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