What Makes us Healthy?
We have an intuitive sense that things like what we eat, how much we exercise, the quality of our water and air, and getting appropriate health care when sick all help us stay healthy. Studies have also shown that our incomes, education, even racial identity is associated with health — so called “social determinants of health.” How much do social determinants matter? How much does the health system improve our health?
Let us know what you think makes us healthy. Play our interactive game and “connect the dots” to tell a story. Save your selection, share your journey on social media, and help us with our research.
Drivers of Health: What do we know?
In the last forty years, much has been done to quantify the contributions of various factors to health. What can we learn from this collective body of research? In an extensive literature review, we provide a historical background and summarize a selection of scholarly work on the drivers of health, including frameworks to organize social and health system determinants of health.
From our Blog
The response to drug epidemics cuts along lines of race and class. In my recent piece with Toni Monkovic in the New York Times’ Upshot Dr. M. Norman Oliver, Virginia’s health commissioner, said, “At the beginning, the opioid epidemic was centered in rural Appalachia, and as long as it involved poor rural whites, it did
From our Blog
This post, by Carmen Mitchell, originally appeared on The Incidental Economist. Carmen Mitchell is currently a fourth-year health policy doctoral student in the Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS). She is currently affiliated with The Afya Project, an interdisciplinary research initiative