Social Determinants

25 08, 2016

Income, Education, and the County Health Calculator

2017-03-20T16:34:36+00:00August 25th, 2016|

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University produced the The County Health Calculator as a tool for advocates and policy makers. The County Health Calculator shows how income and education can influence mortality in general and diabetes in particular. Use the calculator to see how education and income affect health outcomes in your community.

Click here to explore The County Health Calculator.


25 08, 2016

Toxic Childhood Stress and Lifelong Health

2017-04-06T19:17:32+00:00August 25th, 2016|

Regular exposure to stress can have a lasting impact on the health of children. From what she sees at her clinic in Bayview-Hunter’s Point, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris has come to believe that childhood stress can lead to physical changes and illness in adulthood. In fact, stress can take years off an individual’s life. Scott Shafer talks with Dr. Burke Harris, CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, to discuss her ground-breaking work counteracting the effects of what she calls “toxic stress.” (Source: Youtube)

10 08, 2016

Making Places Healthy

2017-03-20T16:37:19+00:00August 10th, 2016|

It is well established that place matters for health promotion.  But how do we go about making a place healthier? This is the question addressed in Making Places Healthy: Designing and Building for Health, Well-Being, and Sustainability (Island Press, 2011 available through major online booksellers).  Edited byAndrew Dannenberg, Howard Franklin, and Richard J. Jackson, this book provides insight on healthy community design from dozens of authors with backgrounds in public health, community development, health care, and more.

 The book opens with an introduction to the concept of healthy places, emphasizing areas of common interest between public health and the community design professions. […]

25 07, 2016

Improving Lives, Inspiring Hope

2017-03-20T16:37:45+00:00July 25th, 2016|

Hear how local communities take action to improve the health of their residents and reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. Addressing several chronic health conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular health, asthma, cancer, and obesity, innovative programs meet local health needs and demonstrate positive impact. From the CDC, published in January of 2013.


25 07, 2016

Hispanic Grocer Says Produce Sells

2017-03-20T17:00:21+00:00July 25th, 2016|

Healthy profits and good health go hand in hand. Learn how fresh fruits and vegetables add up to increased sales for a corner store owner and easier access to produce for the neighborhood. From the CDC. published April, 2015.

25 07, 2016

Smoke Free Multi-Unit Housing

2017-03-20T17:00:38+00:00July 25th, 2016|

Real estate developers, property managers, and residents of Boston, MA, are benefitting from smoke-free efforts. Find out why smoke-free housing is a smart business decision that also aims to improve public health. From the CDC published March, 2014.

25 07, 2016

Healthy Options Sell in a Food Desert

2017-03-20T17:00:53+00:00July 25th, 2016|

Healthy options can lead to healthy profits. Learn how a small grocery store in the northern part of Omaha, NE, improved its bottom line while at the same time making healthy living easier for community members. From the CDC, punlished April, 2015.

25 07, 2016

Health Initiatives Boost Economic Development

2017-03-20T17:03:11+00:00July 25th, 2016|

An active, healthy workforce is critical to economic development. Find out how one small town has launched low-cost, health-oriented efforts—ranging from a lunch-hour walking train to a healthy passport program at local restaurants—to make its community healthier, drawing more businesses and people to call Gardiner, Maine, home. From the CDC, published September, 2015.

25 07, 2016

Community Health Investments Yield Results

2017-03-20T17:03:32+00:00July 25th, 2016|

Private and public sector leaders across the country reveal how investments in community health have yielded positive results.  From the CDC, published October 2015.