There is a growing consensus that child health and cognitive development are influenced by the social, economic, built, and policy environmental contexts in which children live. However, the majority of research examining these relationships has relied on cross-sectional data and potential mechanisms for relationships are not well explored. This dissertation examined how the local environment contexts contribute to children's health and cognition in three essays.
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