Healthier Societies: From Analysis to Action

Hardcover | December 7, 2005

byJody HeymannEditorClyde Hertzman, Morris L. Barer

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Extensive research has shown that social factors are as important as biological ones in determining health, and their impact is enormous in both adults and children. The challenge of changing public policies and programs remains. Healthier Societies: From Analysis to Action addresses thefundamental questions which will lead the way toward countries investing seriously in improving social conditions, as a way of improving population health. The book is divided into three parts. Section one addresses to what extent health is determined by biological factors, by social factors, and more fundamentally, by the interaction between the two. Section two examines four case studies that demonstrate the ways in which social change candramatically affect adults' health, as well as launch children's lives onto healthy trajectories. This section analyzes the cases of nutrition, working conditions, social inequalities, and geographic disparities. The third section of the book takes a serious look at what would be involved intranslating the research findings described throughout the book into action.

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Extensive research has shown that social factors are as important as biological ones in determining health, and their impact is enormous in both adults and children. The challenge of changing public policies and programs remains. Healthier Societies: From Analysis to Action addresses thefundamental questions which will lead the way t...

Jody Heymann is at Harvard Medical School. Clyde Hertzman is at University of British Columbia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 6.3 × 9.49 × 1.3 inPublished:December 7, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019517920X

ISBN - 13:9780195179200

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Table of Contents

Part I. 1. John Frank, Geoffrey Lomax, Patricia Baird, Margaret Lock: Interactive role of genes and the environment2. Franke Hertzman and John Frank: Biological pathways linking the social environment, development and health3. Margaret Lock, Vinh-Kim Nguyen, Christina Zarowsky: Global and local perspectives on population health4. Clyde Hertzman and Chris Power: A life course approach to health and human development5. Verena Menecs, Marni Browne: Universal medical care and health inequalities: right objectives, wrong toolsPart II. An in depth look at several determinants of health6. Lise Dubois: Food, nutrition and population health: From scarcity to social inequalities7. Cam Mustard, John Lavis, Aleck Ostry: Work and health: New evidence and enhanced understandings8. Nancy Ross, Michael Wolfson, George Kaplan, James Dunn, John Lynch, Claudia Sanmartin: Income inequality as a determinant of health9. James R. Dunn, Katherine L. Frohlich, Nancy Ross, Lori Curtis, and Claudia Sanmarti Nan: Role of geography in inequalities in health and human developmentPart III. 10. Joachim Vogel, Tores Theorell: Social welfare models, labor markets, and health outcomes11. Lars Osberg, Andrew Sharpe: What measure of economic well-being is most relevant for health?12. Greg L. Stoddart, John D. Eyles, John N. Lavis, Paul C. Chaulk: Reallocating resource across public sectors to improve population health13. A.L. Kozyrskyj, L.J. Curtis, and C. Hertzman: Different approaches taken to child policy14. Alison Earle, S. Jody Heymann, John M. Lavis: Where do we go from here? Translating research to policy

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"This book is such a valuable contribution to the field of public health because it is written in a voice that motivates, and provides a directive for action."--Doody's