|Minority Student Caucus: Minority Health Conference 2002|
Social Determinants of Health: Assembling Pieces of the Puzzle
24th Annual Minority Health Conference and the
4th Annual William T. Small Jr. Keynote Lecture
March 1, 2002
Among the most important accomplishments of public health in the U.S. during the last century is the successful reduction of many environmental conditions that negatively impact health of the public. However, today there still exist socially constructed institutionalized barriers that lead to increased health concerns among populations of color and poor communities. Access to transportation, quality education and other macro-level social and economic forces influence the health disparities that exist throughout the United States. These disparities suggest that community members, public health practitioners, public health researchers, educators, urban planners and industry officials must all come together in order to better understand and address socially constructed threats to public health.
John P. Kirscht Collegiate Professor of Public Health
Department of Epidemiology
Department of Health Behavior
University of Michigan
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