Financial Strain In Relation To Health And Health Disparities Across Places And The Life-Course An International Association for Population Health Science Webinar
February 15, noon-1:30 pm: Financial strain, which is defined as experiencing difficulty making ends meet, is important to health and health disparities. A growing body of evidence examines the role of financial strain in relation to health and our team has systematically surveyed that evidence. We provide a summary of our findings, which examine both the U.S. and African context and synthesize both qualitative and quantitative findings. Findings from this project provide insight into the experience of financial strain across settings and across the life-course, the mechanisms by which financial strain influences health, the types of financial strain measures that most consistently predict health, and the links between financial strain with health outcomes among children and adults. These findings are sorely needed to advance health equity for low-income populations, who are disproportionately individuals who are Black, Hispanic, Native American or with disabilities. Therefore, study findings have health equity implications for policy action for economic support, clinical screening for financial strain and improved interventions to address financial strain.