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Coretopic:Social Determinants/Disparities

New How I Did It

Reporting on hospital super-users

Tim Darragh shares what he learned about why this group of people account for the bulk of health-care spending. See it now »

New Data

Mapping Inequalities: Redlining in New Deal America

This interactive map compares 1930s maps drafted by the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation to current maps of inner cities, which shows the lasting effects of redlining. See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Housing and health

Broaden the conversation about health care to include questions about social support – especially safe, affordable and stable housing. See it now »

Topic overview

The poor live shorter lives than the rich, and this link between income and health has been well documented for more than 150 years.

But up until the 1980s, most research on health inequality focused on the effects of poverty. Studies generally assumed that higher rates of illness and death among the poor arose from material deprivation (lack of medical care, inadequate food, greater exposure to pollution). And public policy hinged on the assumption that there must be a threshold at which further increases in income have little or no effect on health.

That changed with the Whitehall Study, a decades-long survey comparing the health and life spans of 17,000 British civil servants of differing pay grades.

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