Social Determinants of Health

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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.

  • A mother and daughter ride on an urban bike path

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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.

  • A young mother and her daughter walk through a park

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    How Can Parks Help Increase Physical Activity?

    May 7, 2018

    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.

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