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Coretopic:Social Determinants/Disparities

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

Sociologists and public health researchers in recent years have learned much from studying the so-called “social determinants” of health, that is, how lack of education, low income, and the characteristics of neighborhoods and social networks can harm health through complex pathways. It will pay off for journalists to dig into this subject.


New How I Did It

Looking for lead

Mark Nichols took on data from the EPA for a national look at lead-contaminated water. See it now »

New Webcast

May 11

Harvard University’s Rima Rudd, M.S.P.H., Sc.D., will help explain how language and context affects health disparities. See it now »

New Key Concept

Health literacy

Health information is widely available online but half of adults are unable to understand, act on it. See it now »

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