198569 Social and cultural implications of the economic stimulus package: Health provisions and disease prevention programs

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 12:35 PM

Jennifer J. Jones, BS, PhD Student , Department of Communication & Culture, Health Communications, Howard University, Washington, DC
Issues: content analysis of health provisions in stimulus package, disease prevention programs, health disparities, healthcare access. Description: This content analysis assesses social and cultural implications of the healthcare provisions in the economic stimulus package (H.R.1/S.336). Understanding the implications of the healthcare provisions provides a foundation for future community health intervention programs to eliminate health disparities based on the restructuring of resources. The cultural aspect of the content analysis considers any group of individuals with common language, norms, customs, and social practices. This is not limited to race, as healthcare access is often segmented along class and gender as well. Lessons Learned: Economic structural adjustment policies like the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 stimulus package directly impact healthcare socially in the areas of public and private sector relationships, healthcare access, budgeting, and ultimately disease prevention. The reciprocal causation relationship between cognitive competencies, health behaviors, and environment as examined in social cognitive theory and applied to health programs is inherently influenced by national health policy. Recommendations: While policy implications are multi-layered and cover a wide range of possibilities, the social and cultural implications of the health provisions of the finalized economic structural adjustment policy have the potential to alter health sector constructs to the benefit of community health programs for disease prevention. The content analysis concerning the policy implications can guide community health program planning using the social cognitive theory factors of reciprocal causation.

Learning Objectives:
Assess the social implications of the health provisions in the finalized economic stimulus package Assess the cultural implications of the health provisions in the finalized economic stimulus package Explain the implications of the health provisions in the finalized economic stimulus package on health program planning and health disparities

Keywords: Health Reform, Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have previously presented at conferences hosted by the American Association for Cancer Research and the Intercultural Cancer Council. Additionally, my doctoral studies are in the field of health communications in a culturally-focused program.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.