Neighborhood Influences on Health

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  • African American man stretching in the park in Los Angeles, California

    Report

    L.A. Residents Like Their Parks, Likely to Use Those Close to Home

    People in Los Angeles like their neighborhood parks, and are most likely to use them if they are close to home and have supervised activities. Officials should consider adding park space throughout the city and including more facilities such as running tracks and trails.

    Jan 30, 2006

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Neighborhood Parks Associated with More Physical Activity in Adolescent Girls

    Adolescent girls who live within one-half mile of a public park are significantly more physically active than other girls. Parks with amenities such as basketball courts, playgrounds and walking paths were associated with more physical activity than parks with picnic areas and lawn games.

    Dec 31, 2005

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Does Neighborhood Deterioration Lead to Poor Health?

    Traditional thinking about health in America has been that individuals alone decide whether to engage in unhealthy behaviors. However, the conditions in which individuals live may also contribute to their health and longevity.

    Nov 25, 2005

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    Chloe E. Bird

    Senior Sociologist
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; B.A. in sociology, Oberlin College

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    Tara Laila Blagg

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S.W., University of Houston; B.A. in Hispanic studies, Rice University

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    Tamara Dubowitz

    Senior Policy Researcher; Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Sc.D. in public health nutrition/social epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health; S.M. in maternal and child health, Harvard School of Public Health; M.Sc. in anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

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    Esther M. Friedman

    Behavioral and Social Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in sociology, University of California - Los Angeles

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    Jaime Madrigano

    Policy Researcher
    Education Sc.D. in epidemiology and environmental health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; M.P.H., Rutgers University; B.E. in environmental engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology

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    Lilian Perez

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in public health, UC San Diego/San Diego State University; M.P.H. in public health, Emory University; B.A. in neuroscience, Wellesley College

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    Sameer M. Siddiqi

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in health policy and management, Johns Hopkins University; B.S. in biology, University of Houston

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    Linnea Warren May

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education M.P.H. in health behavior, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health; B.S. in biology and psychology, University of Pittsburgh

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    Margaret M. Weden

    Social Scientist; Acting Director, RAND Population Research Center; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in population dynamics, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; M.H.S. in biostatistics, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health