Dr. Prabhjot Singh is a physician and program director at Mount Sinai Health System. In this groundbreaking book from Johns Hopkins University Press (2016), Dr. Singh defines how place matters for health in a unique and compelling way. In summary, Dr. Singh:
- Clearly describes the neighborhood dynamics that can shape an individual’s ability to ‘assemble’ health;
- Profiles innovative people and programs working to change health at the neighborhood level;
- Looks across sectors to identify policy obstacles and other systemic barriers to health promotion; and
- Presents creative ideas for collaboration across healthcare, public health, and community development.
We found this book to be quite different and especially helpful because it pulls together multiple strands of research and practice to paint a clear and comprehensive picture of the neighborhood as an influence on health and a setting for health improvement. Seeing these strands tied together in a cohesive story is both educational and motivational, because we realize there are so many practical things we can be doing to improve health at the neighborhood level. This is also a good book for people who influence policy, because it so clearly defines how policies for education and community development can elevate or diminish health. Highly recommended!