Social Determinants Of Health


A complex web of socioeconomic factors — from neighborhood characteristics to racial, ethnic, and gender disparities — often influence individuals' health outcomes. RAND research on the social determinants of health includes the effects of parks and green space on neighborhood physical activity and health outcomes, "food deserts," school meals, and more.

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    What Are the Social Determinants of Health?

    Feb 24, 2017

    Health care alone can only go so far to promote health. Evidence suggests that where and how people live plays at least as big a role in how well and how long they live.

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    Parks and Physical Activity: Does Socioeconomic Status Matter?

    Apr 19, 2013

    Understanding social and environmental factors, such as public parks, that influence physical activity is essential to designing interventions to improving public health. But what role does socioeconomic status play?

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