Sample Health Care Paper on Social Science and Medicine

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Rich Hill in 2014 won the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize under the Best Documentary category. The motion picture goes into the homes and lives of tiny town America, where children face distressing choices, marginalized parents fight to carry on, and families stick to the pledge of equal chance and a superior life- one day. The film traces three adolescent boys Harley, Andrew, and Appachey, as they fight for seclusion, broken families, and lack of chance, providing an impressive and practical picture of growing broke in America.

Here is my stand about the three boys not necessarily to be judgmental although it will come across that way. I think the boy, who has completely his immediate family to live to withstand the best opportunity of a successful future that is in my opinion. On the other hand, the boy who lives with his grandmother simply because his mother is jailed, requires a lot of professional assistance, especially being a victim of childhood rape; how depressing for him. I am mostly worried about the boy who lived with his mother, but has anger issues and suffers from ADD, among others. He just finds himself in trouble for assaulting a schoolmate, and not once neither is it the first time I think? If he is not immediately helping, probably he will eventually walk into school with a weapon and try to kill many people.

Rill Hill film is painful to watch, and I am leaving a comfortable feeling. However, while watching the movie, one thing stood out for me; that was Andrew who loved his family and was loved in return by them was like the only one with greatly real chance as he has a father in life. The other two had no male figure to care for them. The absence of fathers of many children, mainly boys have a correlation with the way boys turn out.

I also think that if anything, the film had a traditional bent. It mainly focuses on the individual, family problems, which include bad health, lack of organization, poor education, social, and communication skills. The filmmaker fails to talk about larger complete issues, which could advance the life of these people like an actual business strategy or cooperative learning or employee-owned business (Borg, Vilhelm, and Tage Kristensen, pp. 1019- 1030). This was indeed based in rural Missionary, which is a right-wing republication and fundamentalist Christian stronghold. The film result does not address a lot for that idea. I, therefore, propose that these families would be okay in “blue” areas like Minnesota, which can foster social capital.

The lecture is also about a disease known as influenza. The predisposing factors for this disease are mainly aged, nutritional status, and hygiene among others. It goes without question this disease is a major tragedy in Rich Hill. The disease mostly affects children below the age of two years. This is not to say that the adults are excluded, but their rate of infection is low compared to children and elderly people who are above the age of 65 years. Poor nutritional status is also one of the leading causes of the disease. However, poor nutrition is associated with poverty. Therefore, influenza is a disease of remote rural areas where poverty is the day. Rich Hill is not excluded for this disease. However, in the lecture discussion, there is no mentioning of how the situation can be eleviated. There is no solution for the current health problem facing the marginal areas especially Rich Hill.

Work cited

Borg, Vilhelm, and Tage S. Kristensen. “Social class and self-rated health: can the gradient be explained by differences in lifestyle or work environment?.” Social science & medicine 51.7 (2000): 1019-1030.