Social Determinants of Health Equity

by Michael Marmot and Jessica J. Allen
American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 104, No. S4, pp. S517-S519, September 2014

This freely accessible supplement explores social determinants of equity in health and highlights differences by socioeconomic status and geographic location, among others. The paper highlights that to reduce health inequalities requires action to reduce socioeconomic and other inequalities. There are other factors that influence health, but these are outweighed by the overwhelming impact of social and economic factors – the material, social, political, and cultural conditions that shape our lives and our behaviours.

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