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Healthier Societies : From Analysis to Action

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Extensive research has shown that social factors are as important as biological ones in determining health, and their impact is enormous in both adults and children. The challenge of changing public policies and programs remains. Healthier Societies: From Analysis to Action addresses the fundamental questions which will lead the way toward countries investing seriously in improving social conditions, as a way of improving population health. The book is divided into three parts. Section one addresses to what extent health is determined by biological factors, by social factors, and more fundamentally, by the interaction between the two. Section two examines four case studies that demonstrate the ways in which social change cna dramatically affect adults' health, as well as launch children's lives onto healthy trajectories. This section analyzes the cases of nutrition, working conditions, social inequalities, and geographic disparities. The third section of the book takes a serious look at what would be involved in translating the research findings described throughout the book into action.show more

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  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 162 x 234 x 28mm | 780.19g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Numerous tables and line drawings
  • 019517920X
  • 9780195179200
  • 2,006,048

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Thanks in a large part to the efforts of public health researchers, the authors of this book included, an increasing number of policy makers, service providers and members of civil society are debating how to use the science to make societies healthier...this book is a valuable and timely addition to the debate. * Public Health *show more

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HEALTHIER SOCIETIES: AN INTRODUCTION; PART I: THE COMPLEX RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SOCIAL AND BIOLOGIC DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH; PART II: AN IN DEPTH LOOK AT SEVERAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH; PART III: MOVING FROM RESEARCH TO POLICYshow more

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