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Social Injustice and Public Health

Barry S. Levy and Victor W. Sidel

Abstract

The aim of this book is to offer a comprehensive approach to understanding social injustice and its impact on public health. Part I explores the nature of social injustice and its adverse effects on public health. Part II describes in detail how the health of ten specific population groups is affected by social injustice. Part III explores how social injustice adversely affects health in ten different areas, ranging from infectious diseases to mental health, from prevention of assaultive violence and war, to occupational health and safety. Part IV provides an action agenda for what needs to be ... More

Keywords: minorities, vulnerable populations, infectious diseases, nutrition, chronic diseases, mental health, violence, environmental health, occupational health, human rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195171853
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171853.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barry S. Levy, editor
Tufts University School of Medicine

Victor W. Sidel, editor
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Contents

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Part I Introduction

Part II How the Health of Specific Population Groups Is Affected by Social Injustice

2 THE SOCIOECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED

Michael Marmot and Ruth Bell

3 RACIAL AND ETHNIC MINORITIES

Carol Easley Allen and Cheryl E. Easley

4 WOMEN

Stacey J. Rees and Wendy Chavkin

5 CHILDREN

Sara Rosenbaum and Chung-Hi H. Yoder

6 OLDER PEOPLE

Carroll L. Estes and Steven P. Wallace

8 PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Nora Ellen Groce

9 INCARCERATED PEOPLE

Ernest M. Drucker

10 HOMELESS PEOPLE

Lillian Gelberg and Lisa Arangua

Part III How Social Injustice Affects Health

12 MEDICAL CARE

H. Jack Geiger

13 INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Joia S. Mukherjee and Paul E. Farmer

14 NUTRITION

J. Larry Brown

15 CHRONIC DISEASES

Derek Yach

16 MENTAL HEALTH

Carles Muntaner and Jeanne Geiger-Brown

18 ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Colin D. Butler and Anthony J. McMichael

19 OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH

Andrea Kidd Taylor and Linda Rae Murray

20 ORAL HEALTH

Myron Allukian, Jr., and Alice M. Horowitz

21 INTERNATIONAL HEALTH

Barry S. Levy and Victor W. Sidel

Part IV What Needs to Be Done

24 STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES AND THE ROLES OF INDIVIDUALS IN COMMUNITY LIFE

Robert E. Aronson, Kay Lovelace, JohnW. Hatch, and Tony L. Whitehead