Interested in learning more about the socio-contextual determinants of health? Here are some useful resources, including reports, organizations, and list-servs.
I. Reports and Websites of Interest
- WHO Report "Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health", authored by the Commission on the Social Determinants of Health: Click Here
- WHO web-site on the social determinants of health Click Here
- WHO web-site on health impact assessments (HIAs) Click Here
- CDC web-site on health impact assessments (HIAs) Click Here
II. Connect to organizations that address major socio-contextual factors known to affect health
A. Social Justice and Public Health
Spirit of 1848Shares postings on social justice & public health that provide a) information (e.g. about conferences or job announcements or publications relevant to and making explicit links between social justice & public health), and b) substantive queries or comments directly addressing issues relevant to and making explicit links between social justice and public health. To subscribe, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word "subscribe" in the subject line. Web page: www.spiritof1848.org.
B. Race, Racism, and Public Health
ColorlinesIn its own words, "ColorLines … [is] building a home for journalism in service to racial justice". This is a great place to learn about current policies and social movements that may affect the public's health, including policies and social movements that may help eradicate or deepen racial/ethnic disparities in health. Go to http://colorlines.com/ for the general web-site, and go to http://www.arc.org/ for the Applied Research Center.
Kirwan InstituteIn its own words, the Kirwan Institute "partners with people, communities, and institutions worldwide to think about, talk about, and engage issues of race and ethnicity in ways that create and expand opportunity for all". Like Colorlines, this is a fabulous place to learn more about policies and social movements that may affect health. The Institute's web-site also shares information on emerging research and action: http://www.kirwaninstitute.osu.edu.
Poverty and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC)In its own words, PRRAC is a "civil rights policy organization convened by major civil rights and anti-poverty groups ... PRRAC's primary mission is to help connect social scientists with advocates working on race and poverty issues, and to promote a research-based advocacy strategy on issues of structural racial inequality". For general information, go to: http://www.prrac.org/. To access the PRRAC newsletter archive, or request a print subscription to the newsletter, go to http://www.prrac.org/news.php.
C. Gender and Public HealthEmory Law School's Feminism and Legal Theory (FLT) project has the following aims:
- to support and encourage feminist scholarship on gender and legal equality issues that analyze the differential impact of law on women and men, and to consider also in this regard differences that exist or arise between differently situated women;
- to provide a forum within which feminist theorists can present their work and receive feedback from other scholars who share a common theoretical perspective and methodology; and
- to provide a means to introduce scholarship that applies feminist theory and methodology into legal debate, legislative reform movements, and the broader academic community through publication of the conference papers.