Title

The Social Determinants of Health in a Community Context: Lessons for Sociological Practice

Abstract

Much of the research on the social determinants of health has been done at national or international comparative levels. Findings from these studies highlight the importance of macro social factors that affect health outcomes, such as limited and unequal access to health care and the effects of racial discrimination, economic inequality, and patriarchy. However, such macro-level research provides limited information about how applied and clinical sociologists can address local social determinants of health and improve the well-being of individuals and community residents. Results from a county-level public health survey shed more specific light on how interpersonal networks, social activities, and neighborhood characteristics affect people’s physical and mental health. The results can be utilized by clinical and applied sociologists who counsel individuals and work to invigorate neighborhoods, and by public health officials who develop and reform community-level health policies and programs.

Department(s)

Sociology and Anthropology

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1177/1936724418785413

Keywords

neighborhood effect and health, networks and health, Social determinants of health

Publication Date

9-1-2018

Journal Title

Journal of Applied Social Science

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