Sociodemographic 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.

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    Report

    Is Civic Engagement Related to Health?

    Sep 18, 2019

    Is there a connection between health and/or well-being and civic activities like voting and volunteering? Is health a cause of civic engagement, a consequence of it, or both? A review of the scientific literature identifies both the links and where further research is needed.

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    Essay

    Stress Accumulates in Marginalized Communities, Generation After Generation

    Jul 8, 2020

    Psychologists and biologists have known for years that prolonged stress is toxic to the human body. A better understanding of how stress builds in communities—and the burden it puts on them—can lead to more effective policies to address it.

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