Chronic Disease Focus Of Jo Co Wellness Group Meeting

Chronic Disease Focus Of Jo Co Wellness Group Meeting

The Johnson County Wellness Group met December 5 with the focus on chronic illnesses and the possibility of socioeconomic factors contributing to the increase in the numbers diseases in the United States.

Although genetics are a known contributor to chronic illnesses, there are studies that lead experts to believe a person's wealth or status (Socioeconomic Status or SES) may have as much to do with their risks in acquiring these conditions.

Ashley Busacker, PhD, and Senior Epidemiology Advisor/CDC Assignee MCH and Diabetes with the Wyoming Department of Health, said there seems to be a correlation between higher rates of these illnesses in those with less means. Studies have also shown that a baby's birth weight and stress levels, especially in those of a lower SES can also show a correlation to developing certain illnesses later in life.

Busacker discusses one of the most common chronic illnesses and the contributing factors.

Public Broadcasting produced a series called “Unnatural Causes: In Sickness and in Wealth,” that can be purchased through PBS online.
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Or more information that is featured in that series and from elsewhere can be seen at

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