Health Equity Through Action – Social Determinants of Health

Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute
Published online: June 2013

Abstract / Resumen:

“…..In an attempt to understand and address the social factors that drive health inequities in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins Urban Health  Institute sponsored the 2nd annual symposium on the Social Determinants of Health on April  23, 2013, and invited local and national leaders to discuss how we can achieve health equity in Baltimore City. Over 30 researchers and practitioners spoke on topics including building healthy communities in order to reduce health disparities, policies that have altered the landscape, race and racism and building human capital. Speakers included Sir Michael Marmot, Chair of the  World Health Organization’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health; Dr. Anthony Iton, Senior Vice President of Healthy Communities, The California Endowment; Congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland’s 7th District; Dr. James Comer, Founder of the Comer School Development Program; Vincent DeMarco, President of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative; and many other prominent thought leaders. The symposium brought together over 625 faculty, students, community leaders, and other advocates dedicated to pursuing the highest quality of health for all of society. What follows is a compilation of the lessons learned and the success stories shared during the symposium. The intent is to continue the discussion beyond the one-day symposium, and form ongoing work groups to tackle the underlying factors….”

Lessons Learned and the Path Forward
1 Leverage Evidence-Based Practices
2 Focus on Upstream Interventions to Change -Downstream Outcomes
3 Make Clear What the Costs and Benefits Are to Everyone—Not Just the Poor
4 Listen to the Community and Echo Their Thoughts
Four briefs on the following themes:
– Race, Racism and the Social Determinants of Health: Click here
– Urban Health Building Human Capital: A Community’s Greatest Resource: Click here
– Urban Health Policies That Have Altered the Landscape: Click here
– Place and Health: Building Healthy Communities to Reduce Health Disparities: Click here

Keywords / Palabras clave: Social, Determinants, communities, quality of health, Health

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