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Social Determinants of Health

A Visit to the Patients' Lawyer Can Reduce Stress

Ellen Lawton | Posted 07.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Ellen Lawton

We cannot ask health care providers to address all the factors that make people sick, nor is there a fix to every source of stress. But we can recognize the broader impact of illness on a person's life and the outside factors that interfere with their medical care and recovery.

Rowing Together: How Public Health Supports the 'Upstream' Doctor

Brian Castrucci | Posted 06.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Castrucci

Veronica's story illustrates how clinicians can effectively address the social determinants of health by using tools that assess a patient's community and environmental circumstances, as well as by including non-medical providers as part of a health care team.

The Food Stamp Vaccine

Jason Silverstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jason Silverstein

What if there were a vaccine against the harmful effects of hunger? According to researchers at Children's HealthWatch, there is. But these vaccines aren't shots or sprays. They're food stamps.

Policy Change Is Key If We Want to Reduce Preventable Deaths

Larry_Cohen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Larry_Cohen

I've seen prevention evolve from a fringe notion to an idea championed by communities across the country. This latest report from the CDC shows how far we still have to go -- and suggests some strategies for how we might get there.

How the War on Drugs Punishes Those Who Suffer

Jason Silverstein | Posted 11.09.2013 | Crime
Jason Silverstein

Though nearly 50% of the world's cancer patients and 90% of the world's HIV/AIDS patients live in low-to-middle income countries, they only receive 6% of the world's morphine supply.

6 Scary Signs That Prove Stress Is Taking A Toll On American Women

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Taking an inventory on several health risks for American women in 2013 paints a picture of pain: of overdosing, caregiver burnout, health disparities, financial stress and over-drinking.

Racism Passes Health Risk Down Generations

Jason Silverstein | Posted 05.27.2013 | Black Voices
Jason Silverstein

We're probably aware of genetic traits and social habits -- desirable and undesirable -- that we've inherited from our parents. And we probably agree that racism is often taught by parents and learned by children. But how does health risk from racism pass down generations?

How Mass Incarceration Threatens Public Health

Jason Silverstein | Posted 05.01.2013 | Crime
Jason Silverstein

We have a problem, you know, and it's only getting worse. It doesn't strike us equally -- it's a problem that mostly affects young men, minorities, and people without high school diplomas.