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Coretopic:Social Determinants/Disparities

In our society, wealth makes health. People who have socioeconomic challenges or live in poverty have shorter lifespans than the rich, with a difference of 15 years between men in the top 1 percent of income and men in the poorest 1 percent. The situation is not expected to improve with the continued spread of the income gap.

Economics is, however, just one of many interacting factors that can make or break health. Ethnicity, education level and sex are certainly relevant, as the breathtakingly tragic outcome disparities for black women giving birth in the United States demonstrate. Other important factors that create health disparities that transcend income measures include disability status, geographic location and occupation.


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Addressing maternal mortality

Andrea King Collier shows how awareness of the disparities in pregnancy-related deaths for black women is bringing about change at the policy and legislative levels.  See it now »

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Childhood trauma

A team of reporters tracked the fates of 9- and 10-year-old black children living in New Orleans, in one of the city’s most violence-torn areas. See it now »

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Avoiding stigma in reporting

Heather Boerner explains how she persuaded a man with HIV, just out of prison, to tell his story on the record. See it now »

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