Tackling Health Inequities Through Public Health Practice: Theory To Action

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byRichard Hofrichter, Rajiv Bhatia

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Social justice has always been a core value driving public health. Today, much of the etiology of avoidable disease is rooted in inequitable social conditions brought on by disparities in wealth and power and reproduced through ongoing forms of oppression, exploitation, and marginalization.Tackling Health Inequities raises questions and provides a starting point for health practitioners ready to reorient public health practice to address the fundamental causes of health inequities. This reorientation involves restructuring the organization, culture and daily work of public health.Tackling Health Inequities is meant to inspire readers to imagine or envision public health practice and their role in ways that question contemporary thinking and assumptions, as emerging trends, social conditions, and policies generate increasing inequities in health.

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Social justice has always been a core value driving public health. Today, much of the etiology of avoidable disease is rooted in inequitable social conditions brought on by disparities in wealth and power and reproduced through ongoing forms of oppression, exploitation, and marginalization.Tackling Health Inequities raises questions an...

Richard Hofrichter is Senior Analyst, Health Equity for the National Association of County and City Health Officials. Rajiv Bhatia is Director, Division of Occupational and Environmental Health at the San Francisco Department of Public Health as well as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California at San Franci...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:600 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 1.18 inPublished:March 24, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Introduction: Frameworks, Perspectives, Evidence1. Richard Hofrichter: Tackling Health Inequities: A Framework for Analysis2. Amartya Sen: Why Health Equity?3. Fabienne Peter: Health Equity and Social Justice4. Laura D. Kubzansky, Nancy Krieger, Ichiro Kawachi, Beverly Rockhill, Gillian K. Steel and Lisa F. Berkman: United States: Social Inequality and the Burden of Poor Health5. Yukiko Asada: A Framework for Measuring Health Inequity6. Alonzo Plough: Promoting Social Justice Through Public Health Policies, Programs, and ServicesPart II: Racism, Class Exploitation, Gender Discrimination and Health: Exposing the Roots7. Anne K. Kubisch, Keith Lawrence, Stacey Sutton, Gretchen Susi, and Karen Fulbright-Anderson: Structural Racism and Community Building8. Rodrick Wallace, Deborah Wallace, and Robert G. Wallace: Coronary Heart Disease, Chronic Inflammation, and Pathogenic Social Hierarchy: A Biological Limit to Possible Reductions in Morbidity and Mortality9. David Williams and Pamela Braboy Jackson: Social Sources of Racial Disparities in Health10. Carles Muntaner, Carme Borrell and Haejoo Chung: Class Exploitation and Psychiatric Disorders11. David Coburn: Beyond the Inequality Hypothesis: Class, Neo-liberalism, and Health Inequalities12. Gita Sen and Piroska Ostlin: Gender Inequity in Health: Why It Exists and How We Can Change ItPart III: Practitioners Take Action: Strategies for Organizational Change and Working with Communities13. Doak Bloss: Initiating Social Justice Action through Dialogue in a Local Health Department: The Ingham County Experience and Beyond14. Adewale Troutman: The Metro Louisville Center for Health Equity: Expanding the Circle of Engagement15. Njoke Thomas and Bob Prentice: Exploring the Intersection of Public Health and Social Justice: the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative16. Rajiv Bhatia, June Weintraub, Lili Farhang, Karen Yu and Paula Jones: Using Our Voice: Forging a Public Health Practice for Social Justice17. Rajiv Bhatia and Mitchell Katz: Estimation of Health Benefits From a Local Living Wage Ordinance18. Rajiv Bhatia: Protecting Health with Environmental Impact Assessment: A Case Study of San Francisco Land Use Decision-Making Study in Health Equity Practice19. Alma Avila, Alyonik Hrushow, Susana Hennessey: The Community Action Model in a Public Health Department Setting20. Anthony Iton: Tackling the Root Causes of Health Disparities through Community Capacity Building21. Ngozi Oleru, Michael Gedeon, and Matias Valenzuela: Institutionalizing Health Equity and Social Justice in King County, Washington22. Jason Corburn: Street Science: Local Knowledge and Environmental Justice23. Baker Salsbury, Elaine O'Keefe, and Jennifer Kertanis: Measuring Social Determinants of Health Inequities: The Health Equity Index24. Gail Christopher, Vincent Lafronza, and Natalie Burke: Place Matters: Building Partnerships Among Communities and Local Public Health DepartmentsPart IV: Shifting Consciousness and Paradigms25. Larry Adelman: Strategies for Educating and Mobilizing the Public: Developing a Health Equity Campaign with California Newsreel's Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?26. Lawrence Wallack and Regina Lawrence: Talking About Public Health27. Makani Themba Nixon: Helping Public Health Matter28. Anthony Iton: The Ethics of the Medical Model in Addressing the Root Causes of Health Disparities in Local Health Practice29. Carles Muntaner and Haejoo Chung: Teaching Social Inequalities in Health: Barriers and OpportunitiesAppendices:A. Selected ReferencesB. Guidelines for Health EquityC. Figure 1. How Social Justice Becomes EmbodiedD. Figure 2. Eliminating Health Inequity: The Role of Local Public Health and Community OrganizingE. People's Health Movement Charter