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Recommended Readings:

Promoting Health Equity:

A Resource to Help Communities Address Social Determinants of Health. www.cdc.gov

Commission on Social Determinants of Health - Final Report

Closing the gap in a generation:

Health equity through action on the social determinants of health. http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2008/9789241563703_eng_contents.pdf

Social justice is a matter of life and death.  It affects the way people live, their consequent chance of illness and their premature death.  We watch in wonder as life expectancy and good health continue to increase in parts of the world and in alarm as they fail to improve in others. 

Tackling Health Inequities through Public Health Practice, 2nd Edition

A Project of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, Edited by Richard Hofrichter and Rajiv Bhatia

Report of the National Expert Panel on Social Determinants of Health Equity


Publication Title: National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities, Toolkit for Community Action

To support community efforts in the goal of ending health disparities and promoting health equity, the Office of Minority Health has released the new NPA Toolkit for Community Action.  Through this toolkit, community members will have the information and resources they need to help engage fellow citizens and local media as they spread the word about health disparities and educate others about the impact disparities have in the lives of individuals and the greater impact on society. (overview provided by HHS OMH)

Download the Toolkit at www.minorityhealth.hhs.gov/npa

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) Health Equity Council

Action Guides:

Changing Food Deserts to Food Oases

Neighborhood Segregation as a Public Health Concern 

Data Set Directory of Social Determinants of Health at the Local Level

The contents of this directory are adapted from the following article: Hillemeier M.M., J. Lynch, S. Harper, and M. Casper. 2003. "Measuring contextual characteristics for community health."  Health Services Research 38(6 Part2): 1645-717.


Frequently Asked Questions about Social Determinants of Health




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