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Communities And Health Policy: A Pathway For Change

Bell, Judith and Standish, Marion (2005) Communities And Health Policy: A Pathway For Change. Health Affairs, 24 (2). pp. 339-342.

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Improving the health system can reduce the effects of health disparities, but it can do little to eliminate them. An upsurge in new research is documenting the impact of physical, social, and economic environmental factors: air quality, housing conditions, racism, relationship to community institutions, and neighborhood economic conditions, all of which affect health status over time. A combined focus on community and the policies that affect communities’ environments presents opportunities for altering and ameliorating the underlying forces at the heart of the determinants of health. This Perspective presents examples of successful community involvement and policy change.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: health policy, health disparities, determinants of health
Subjects: Health > Health Equity
Health > Disparities
Practice > interventions
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Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2005
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2011 11:21
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/246

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