Social Disparities and Health
A pressing policy problem in the United States and other countries is the extraordinary pattern of inequality in the health of children and adults. These health disparities are widespread and not easily explained. C2S faculty are forging new paths to create better understanding of, and improvement in, human health and social outcomes. They recognize that such an effort requires complex modeling of the interplay between biological processes and environmental influences. To this end, they coalesce around the Center’s mission to:
- bring together the social, life, and biomedical sciences to understand the origins, consequences, and policy solutions for contemporary health inequalities in the United States; and
- examine how broad social, race/ethnic, and economic disparities "get under the skin" and affect human development and physical health.
Find out more about faculty research that encompasses early-life environments and human development, health disparities, socioeconomic status and disease, epigenetics, and public health policy, among others.
Working Papers and Publications
Recently published articles and working papers in this program area include:
- Branigan, A., J. Freese, A. Patir, T. McDade, L. Kiang, and C. Kiefe. 2013. Skin color, sex, and educational attainment in the post-civil rights era. Social Science Research 42(6):1649-74.
Brody, G., T. Yu, E. Chen, G. Miller, et al. 2013. Is resilience only skin deep? Rural African American’s SES-related risk and competence in preadolescence and psychological adjustment and allostatic load at age 19. Psychological Science 24(7):1285-93.
- Sweet, E., A. Nandi, E.K. Adam, and T. McDade. 2013. The high price of debt: Household financial debt and its impact on mental and physical health. Social Science and Medicine 91:94-100.
C2S faculty come from the fields of anthropology, sociology, psychology, biomedical sciences, pediatrics, and preventive medicine, in addition to other social science and medical fields. Learn more about them through their bios, research, and publications.