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Healthier Societies: From Analysis to Action

Jody Heymann, Clyde Hertzman, Morris L. Barer, and Robert G. Evans


While extensive research has demonstrated that social determinants make a substantial difference to the health of adults and children alike, it can be difficult to understand how social conditions actually affect biology. Healthier Societies: From Analysis to Action addresses the fundamental questions that need to be answered in this regard before countries will invest seriously in addressing social conditions as a way of improving the health of the entire population. Part I of this book addresses the extent to which health is determined by biological factors or by social factors, and, more fu ... More

Keywords: social determinants, social conditions, health, nutrition, working conditions, social inequalities, geographic disparities, public policy

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Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195179200
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179200.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jody Heymann, editor
Harvard Medical School
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Clyde Hertzman, editor
University of British Columbia

Morris L. Barer, editor
University of British Columbia

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Healthier Societies: An Introduction

Jody Heymann and Clyde Hertzman

Part I The Complex Relationship between Social and Biologic Determinants of Health

Chapter 1 Interactive Role of Genes and the Environment

John Frank, Geoffrey Lomax, Patricia Baird, and Margaret Lock

Chapter 3 Global and Local Perspectives on Population Health

Margaret Lock, Vinh-Kim Nguyen, and Christina Zarowsky

Part II An In-depth Look at Several Determinants of Health

Chapter 7 Work and Health: New Evidence and Enhanced Understandings

Cam Mustard, John N. Lavis, and Aleck Ostry

Chapter 8 Income Inequality as a Determinant of Health

Nancy Ross, Michael Wolfson, George A. Kaplan, James R. Dunn, John Lynch, and Claudia Sanmartin

Chapter 9 Role of Geography in Inequalities in Health and Human Development

James R. Dunn, Katherine L. Frohlich, Nancy Ross, Lori J. Curtis, and Claudia Sanmartin

Part III Moving from Research to Policy

Chapter 12 Reallocating Resources across Public Sectors to Improve Population Health

Greg L. Stoddart, John D. Eyles, John N. Lavis, and Paul C. Chaulk

Chapter 13 Taking Different Approaches to Child Policy

Anita L. Kozyrskyj, Lori J. Curtis, and Clyde Hertzman

Chapter 14 Where Do We Go from Here? Translating Research to Policy

Alison Earle, Jody Heymann, and John N. Lavis

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