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Family & Community Health:
doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e318202a720
Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH): Translating Processes of Change and Attributing Improved Health Outcomes to Social Determinants of Health Programs: Original Article

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health: Reducing Health Disparities by Addressing Social Determinants of Health

Buckner-Brown, Joyce PhD, MHS, RRT; Tucker, Pattie BSN, MPH, DrPH; Rivera, Mark PhD; Cosgrove, Shannon MHA; Coleman, James L. EdD; Penson, Aisha MEd, CHES; Bang, David PhD, MPH, CHES

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Abstract

Poor people and people of color are more likely to live shorter and sicker lives and are less likely to survive a host of chronic illnesses. Policies and organizational practices that improve the environments in which people live, work, learn, and play can reduce these disparities. Using the World Health Organization's “Call to Action” principles as a discussion framework, we highlight the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health programs that have developed and applied such strategies to address chronic illnesses. Several, in turn, foster health equity.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

 

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