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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lisa M. Kelley, RN, MS (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This book takes the concept of social determinants of health to the level of implementation of policy, based on research, aimed at decreasing disparities.
Purpose: The purpose is to move those who are concerned about addressing the outside forces that shape individual and community health to action. The book is needed because we can all agree that social determinants shape health, but most of us do not how to begin to address this large problem. The book is successful is meeting these objectives.
Audience: The book is written for health practitioners and policy makers, as well as those in the social, behavioral, geographical, and environmental sciences. Though the focus is on individual and public health, the broad perspective should interest those working in these other fields as well.
Features: The book discusses determinants of health and how to address these from a policy and programmatic perspective. One of the best things about this book is the earnest and optimistic perspective it is written from. Moving from just talking about health disparities to discussing how the gap can be narrowed is bold. Additionally, the research discussed in the book was conducted globally and is pulled from many relevant but varied disciplines.
Assessment: This book is such a valuable contribution to the field of public health because it is written in a voice that motivates, and provides a directive for action.