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:
Thomas McDade and Kathleen Mullan Harris. 2020. From Cells to Society and Back Again (WP-20-12).
Hannes Schwandt and Till von Wachter. 2020. Socioeconomic Decline and Death: Midlife Impacts of Graduating in a Recession (WP-20-02).
Maya Rossin-Slater, Molly Schnell, Hannes Schwandt, Sam Trejo, and Lindsey Uniat. 2019. Local Exposure to School Shootings and Youth Antidepressant Use (WP-19-30).
Faculty come from the fields of anthropology, sociology, psychology, biomedical sciences, pediatrics, and preventive medicine, in addition to other social science and medical fields.
Charles F. Manksi, Board of Trustees Professor of Economics and IPR Fellow