Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Equity, social determinants and public health programmes

The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, including the health system. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels, which are themselves influenced by policy choices. The social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities - the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen within and between countries.

Equity, social determinants and public health programmes Edited by Erik Blas and Anand Sivasankara Kurup presents 13 case studies which examine practicalities and strategies for addressing social inequalities across a range of 13 major public health issues, including, tobacco use, alcohol, mental disorders, violence & unintended injury, food safety and the health & development of children.

The report is a follow-up to the report by Sir Michael Marmot - Fair society, healthy lives .

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