I realize there is already a recent article surrounding the recently passed health care legislation, but I want to post this article for multiple reasons. Like all the articles here at Triskelos, this one is interactive in that every member can participate in the discussion. But this article is different in that it is a quiz that tests your knowledge and understanding of multiple concepts the legislation attempts to address. Another reason for the post is that I'm currently rotating with the Dean for External and Governmental Affairs at the University of Florida. Her office is tasked with developing outreach projects in concert with local community leaders and activists, obtaining grant money from both private sector donors as well as state and federal grants. And finally, I thought it would be enlightening and entertaining.
Some questions are drawn from texts on social determinants of health, but the vast majority of the questions come from a PBS series called Unnatural Causes and deal with issues such as race relations, poverty, infant and childhood mortality, and the United States Health Care System. Some questions are fairly straight forward and are there for you to cringe at what you already know to be true. Some questions are to make us realize that in spite of our status as "Leader of the Free World" there is much we can learn other countries and systems in the world.
I will post the questions in the article. Please place your answers in the comment section. After 7-10 days I will post the answers. Feel free to contact me sooner if your curiosity is killing you.
1. How does U.S. life expectancy rank compared to other industrialized countries?
B. in the top 10
C. 29th place
2. How much does the U.S. spend per person on health care compared to other industrialized countries?
A. Three quarters (75%) of the average
B. The same
C. Four times as much
3. How do U.S. smoking rates compare to those of other wealthy countries?
A. #1 (highest smoking rates)
B. top 5
C. top 10
D. 11-20th place
E. below 25 (lowest smoking rates)
4. Children living in poverty are more likely to have poor health, compared with children living in high-income households. Given this fact, children in New York City’s poorest neighborhoods are how many times more likely to be hospitalized for asthma compared to their counterparts in high income households?
A. 2.5 times
B. 5 times
C. 10 times
D. 20 times
5. African American men in Harlem have a shorter life expectancy from age five than their male counterparts in which of the following countries?
C. The Democratic Republic of Congo
D. None of the above
6. How much does chronic illness cost the U.S. each year in lost work productivity?
A. $105 million
B. $2.2 billion
C. $1.1 trillion
7. On average, how many more supermarkets are there in predominantly white neighborhoods compared to predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods?
A. half the amount
C. 4 times as many
8. Generally speaking, which group has the best overall health in the U.S.?
A. Recent Latino immigrants
B. Non-Hispanic whites
C. Native-born Latinos
D. Native-born Asian Americans
9. On average, which of the following is the best predictor of one’s health?
A. whether or not you smoke
B. what you eat
C. whether or not you are wealthy
D. whether or not you have health insurance
E. how often you exercise
10. During the 20th century, U.S. life expectancy increased 30 years. Which of the following was the most important factor behind the increase?
A. Social reforms (like wage and labor laws, housing codes, etc.) and increased prosperity
B. New drugs (like penicillin)
C. The development of the modern hospital system
D. Migration from rural areas to cities
E. More exercise and smoking cessation
11. The top 1% of American families owns more wealth than the bottom:
A. 30% combined
B. 60% combined
C. 90% combined
12. Ireland, Sweden, France, Spain, Portugal and the other western European nations all mandate by law paid holidays and vacations of four to six weeks. How many weeks of paid vacation are mandated by law in the United States?
B. 1 week
C. 2 weeks
D. 3 weeks
13. True or False: The gap between white and African American infant mortality rates is greater today than it was in 1950.
14. True or False: As of 2004, 7.8 million Americans were classified as “the working poor” in that the wages they earned were insufficient to move them above the poverty line.
15. 82% of known perpetrators of child abuse are parents of the victim. Which of the following best describes the situation in which such abuse occurs?
A. mother acting alone
B. father acting alone
C. mother and father acting together
D. one parent acting with a non family member
16. True or False: Food stamp participation has markedly increased since the establishment as a full fledged assistance program under President Johnson in 1975.
17. The predominantly white neighborhoods in west Los Angeles contain approximately 31.8 acres of park space per 1,000 residents. How many acres of park space exist per 1,000 residents in the predominantly Black and Latino neighborhoods of south central Los Angeles?
A. 28.7 acres
B. 17.2 acres
C. 14.6 acres
D. 5.8 acres
E. 1.7 acres
18. The child poverty rate in Norway is 3.4%, France 7.5%, Hungary 8.8% and Greece 12.4%. What is it in the U.S?
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Posted by Aeskepulus Atropos