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Image Thumbnail Health Equity Quiz E-mail to a friend
ONLINE INTERACTIVITY based on UNNATURAL CAUSES

Test your knowledge of health equity! How does the U.S. stack up against other countries on key indicators? How do groups in the U.S. compare to one another? Are the conditions that shape our health as simple as what we eat, what’s in our genes, and whether or not we have good medical care?

Special thanks to Stephen Bezruchka at the University of Washington Population Health Forum for his help in writing questions and inspiring this activity.

Image Thumbnail Health Equity Quiz (pdf) E-mail to a friend
HANDOUT from UNNATURAL CAUSES, 2008

The full Health Equity Quiz in a 6-page PDF - 22 questions, with more detailed answers and references.

Click here to access the quiz as an online, interactive activity.
 
Special thanks to Stephen Bezruchka at the University of Washington Population Health Forum for his help in writing questions and inspiring this activity.

Image Thumbnail Health Equity Quiz (ppt) E-mail to a friend
POWERPOINT SLIDES by UNNATURAL CAUSES, 2008

An adaptation of our Health Equity Quiz interactivity, presented in Powerpoint slides that can be used in classrooms, presentations, outreach, etc.

To play with music, also download this mp3 file.

Special thanks to Stephen Bezruchka at the University of Washington Population Health Forum for his help in writing questions and inspiring this activity

Image Thumbnail Healthy food getting more expensive: study E-mail to a friend
NEWS ARTICLE from Reuters Health

Describes a new study that shows the price of fruits and vegetables is climbing faster than inflation, while junk food is actually becoming cheaper. Includes price-per-calorie comparison of nutritious vs. "junk" foods.

Image Thumbnail Library of Resources on Social Determinants of Health E-mail to a friend
WEB SITE created and maintained by Dennis Raphael

A great collection of resources on the issues surrounding SDOH, health equity, and the politics of creating real change in the social factors that most affect health outcomes. 

See especially Raphael's "Public policies and the problematic USA population health profile," and "The Politics of Population Health: Why the Welfare State is the Key Social Determinant of Health."

Image Thumbnail Overcoming Obstacles to Health E-mail to a friend
REPORT from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2013

This report by Paula Braveman and Susan Egerter for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission for a Healthier America, summarizes in clear language the current research on why Americans have worse health and shorter lives than people of other rich nations.  The report analyzes the latest data and contains many useful charts.

 

Image Thumbnail Racial Residential Segregation: A Fundamental Cause of Racial Disparities in Health (pdf) E-mail to a friend
SCHOLARLY ARTICLE by David R. Williams and Chiquita Collins, Public Health Reports, 2001

The authors review evidence that suggests that segregation is a primary cause of racial differences in socioeconomic status (SES) by determining access to education and employment opportunities. SES in turn remains a fundamental cause of racial differences in health. Segregation also creates conditions inimical to health in the social and physical environment. The authors conclude that effective efforts to eliminate racial disparities in health must seriously confront segregation and its pervasive consequences.

Image Thumbnail Reaching for a Healthier Life: Facts on Socioeconomic Status and Health in the U.S. (pdf) E-mail to a friend
REPORT from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Socioeconomic Status and Health, 2007

An overview of how socioeconomic status affects health, though consideration of neighborhood, employment conditions, personal behaviors, health care, race and stress. Includes policy implications. The MacArthur Network on SES and Health brings together many of the world's top researchers on socioeconomic factors in health. Many of these experts were interviewed for UNNATURAL CAUSES.