This report, published by the National Academies Press, explores inequities in factors that impact health—social determinants of health—and the disparities in health status among different populations within the United States. Community-wide problems related to poverty, education, housing and community infrastructure, and safety all contribute to health inequities, as do systemic and historical forces. This report describes the myriad causes of health disparities, and articulates strategies and policies that communities and stakeholders can take to mitigate those inequities and promote greater and more equitable health.
Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity. The National Academies Press 2017. http://www.nap.edu/catalog/24624/communities-in-action-pathways-to-health-equity.