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. Faculty in IPR’s Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health 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.
A Message from Thomas McDade, Program Chair and C2S Director
Recently published articles and working papers in this program area include:
Diane Alexander and Molly Schnell. 2019. The Impacts of Physician Payments on Patient Access, Use, and Health (WP-19-23).
Diane Alexander and Hannes Schwandt. 2019. The Impact of Car Pollution on Infant and Child Health: Evidence from Emissions Cheating (WP-19-17).
Todd Elder, David Figlio, Scott Imberman, and Claudia Persico. 2019. The Role of Neonatal Health in the Incidence of Childhood Disability (WP-19-14).
Faculty come from the fields of anthropology, sociology, psychology, biomedical sciences, pediatrics, and preventive medicine, in addition to other social science and medical fields.
A new Northwestern University study finds that despite human’s close genetic relationship to apes, the human gut microbiome is more similar to that of Old World monkeys like baboons than to that of apes like chimpanzees.
There are no upcoming events at this time.