Social Conditions as Fundamental Causes of Health Inequalities: Theory and Evidence

brucelinkPresenter: Bruce G. Link, PhD
Co-director, Center for Social Inequalities and Health
Director, Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Date: January 6th, 2015

Description: After viewing this webinar, participants should be able to:
– Identify the fundamental causes of health inequalities.
– Describe the research evidence regarding the association between social conditions and health/mortality.
– Explain how policy and public health practice can address the fundamental causes of health inequalities.

Pre-webinar reading: Phelan, J.C., Link, B.G., Tehranifar, P. (2010). “Social conditions as fundamental causes of health inequalities: Theory, evidence and policy implications. Journal of Health and Social Behavior 51(S), S28- S40.”

Reflection Questions: What are fundamental causes of health inequalities? What is the research evidence regarding the association between social conditions and health/mortality? How can policy and public health practice address the fundamental causes of health inequalities?

Council on Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (2014 Version)

1A1, 1A12, 2A1, 2A5, 2A7, 3A8, 4A3, 4A5, 4A6, 6A2

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