There is a strong association between higher levels of social economic status (SES) and good health.
Conversely, individuals of lower SES have increased exposure to stress, psychological distress and negative behavioral effects which in turn increases the risk for many diseases.
Thus, SES differences among racial groups account for a substantial fraction of the disparities in health among different ethnic and racial groups.
We need better schools, safer neighborhoods, access to quality health care, higher minimum wages in order to improve health for minority populations who are disproportionately affected by lower levels of SES.
(Excerpts from Health Outcomes in a Foreign Land- A role for epigenomic and environmental interaction/ Springer.com)