Why Don’t More Housing Voucher Recipients Live in Better Neighborhoods?

More than a quarter of U.S. renters spend most of their income on housing. Ten percent of this group receives government housing subsidies. New research examines how housing vouchers influence where people choose to live.

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Wanted: A Dose of Prevention in the ACA

Five years in, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has improved the delivery of health care in the United States. In my latest piece for the Huffington Post, I argue that more could be done, especially in preventing disease and promoting wellness, if we are to have a healthier nation in the next generation.

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Categories: U.S. Health

Social Determinants of Health: Can We Address Equity with Communications?

Both having good health and coping with challenges to health are a journey. Inadequate resources make a successful journey harder. At an individual level, lack of personal resources such as income and knowledge, limit an individual's ability to follow optimal paths to health and vice versa. At a macro level, our society has a finite amount of resources - both monetary and service‐related - that realistically will not provide everything to everyone. We do not "naturally" think about health in terms of social factors. However, our health is significantly affected by our homes, jobs, and schools. The social determinants of health are the economic and social conditions—and their distribution among the population – that influence individual and group differences in health status.

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