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State Your Definition Of Poverty Prior To Studying Public Health. Based On This Definition, What Would Be The Focus Of Poverty Alleviation Solutions?
Before studying Public health, I defined poverty as a condition or state in which an individual or community lacks the financial essentials or resources that are necessary for a minimum standard of living (Gweshengwe & Hassan, 2020). I viewed poverty through income levels characterizing individuals who are poor as those people who make an income that cannot meet their needs. I defined poverty-stricken families as those without clean water, proper housing, medical attention, and healthy food. Based on my definition of poverty, the focus of poverty alleviation solutions would therefore focus on providing infrastructure to poor communities, including better housing, access to clean water, and access to healthcare through the building of more health care facilities (Gweshengwe & Hassan, 2020).
Based On The Relational And Spiritual Definition Of Poverty, Discuss How The Focus Of Solutions Would Change To Include A Holistic Approach.
The relational and spiritual definition of poverty attributes poverty to broken relationships, which creates a sense of helplessness and hopelessness among individuals and communities considered poor. Individuals struggling with poverty typically describe their conditions as a lack of hope and dignity as opposed to a lack of finances (Feldman, 2018). Considering the relational and spiritual definition of poverty, the focus of poverty alleviation efforts change to include solutions to repairing relationships and strengthening communities, such as through vibrant local churches. This holistic approach to poverty that includes repairing broken relationships in the community, which are the main causes of poverty, in combination with other physical poverty alleviation solutions such as improving infrastructure and access to healthcare, will therefore be effective in dealing with poverty (Aufseeser, 2020).
Identify An Example Of A Health Program Or Solution That Integrates A Relational Definition Of Poverty
A health program that integrates the relational definition of poverty is one that provides counseling services to individuals in poverty. Some NGOs provide counselling services as an intervention to poverty in marginalized communities. Such a health program considers the impact of relational issues in contributing to poverty (Aufseeser, 2020).
Aufseeser, D. (2020). Towards a relational understanding of child poverty: Care and adverse inclusion among street-affiliated children in Peru. Geoforum, 114, 10–18. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2020.05.016
Feldman, G. (2018). Towards a Relational Approach to Poverty in Social Work: Research and Practice Considerations. The British Journal of Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcy111
Gweshengwe, B., & Hassan, N. H. (2020). Defining the characteristics of poverty and their implications for poverty analysis. Cogent Social Sciences, 6(1), 1768669. https://doi.org/10.1080/23311886.2020.1768669