Overcoming Obstacles to Health

Source: Paula Braveman, Susan Egerter, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, February 2008

From the summary:
Despite what many believe, a person’s health is not only a product of good medical care and genes. In fact, in many cases, these may only be small pieces of a much larger puzzle.

Social and economic factors are keeping some Americans from being as healthy as they should be. Based on work conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), this report outlines in stark detail how a person’s health and the likelihood of becoming sick and dying prematurely are greatly influenced by powerful social factors–such as levels of education, income and the quality of neighborhood environments.

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