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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 Resource

Interviewing people with disabilities

This tip sheet from the Na­tion­al Cen­ter on Dis­a­bil­ity and Journ­al­ism offers tips for before and during the interview. See it now »

New Glossary Term

Maternal mortality rate

There is considerable fluctuation in the rate between U.S. states, and country-to-country. Find out how it's determined and get stats. See it now »

New How I Did It

ACA's impact on home health workers

Shefali Luthra reported on how health reform efforts may affect these workers, who often struggle for care and coverage.  See it now »

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