Healthy Populations and Communities
Health behaviors and the social and physical environment exert strong influences on community health. RAND Health has examined many of these influences, addressing difficult questions such as:
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- Are cigarette displays in stores and those ubiquitous alcohol ads really influencing behavior?
- How does legalizing marijuana affect consumption, tax revenue, and law enforcement?
- In the U.S. and around the world, obesity has reached epidemic proportions. Why are people getting fatter and what can be done about it?
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Student health and perceptions of school climate affect education outcomes and mental health. But researchers detected no significant relationship between neighborhood quality and school climate.
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Public neighborhood parks play an important role in providing venues for physical activity in urban areas. But they tend to be underutilized, especially for moderate to vigorous exercise.
Community improvements—a new supermarket and new housing—were associated with health and economic gains among the residents of an underserved, primarily African-American neighborhood in Pittsburgh.
Discrimination may contribute to higher rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms experienced by African Americans.
Examining park use in two low-income neighborhoods, residents were more likely to visit larger parks with more amenities than the parks closest to their homes.