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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Susan E Hobson, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This is a resource and guide for those students, researchers, and practitioners who seek to broaden their working knowledge and collection of research practices. This book highlights successful collaborative studies and provides insight into how readers can integrate these frameworks into their research.
Purpose: According to the editors, the objectives are to take a practical focus to introducing researchers and graduate students to the connections between population health and social justice, the variety of approaches to studying those connections from an interdisciplinary vantage point, the creation of interventions to address disparities, and potential applications of these approaches for research. The editors and contributing authors succeed with a book that provides examples of and formulas for interdisciplinary research in a variety of fields related to urban health.
Audience: The intended audience includes researchers and graduate students in public health, social sciences, nursing, social work, and other related fields. The editors participate in urban health research as policy advocates and teachers, and each has made significant contributions to the field. The contributors hail from a variety of disciplines and academic departments and therefore speak to these intended audiences and specialties.
Features: Topics such as housing foreclosure, diabetes, asthma, food access, and child development are covered. The theme running through the book is how these health issues in an urban context are best addressed through interdisciplinary approaches. Each chapter includes objectives and discussion questions as well as an explanation of how the utilization of interdisciplinary methods and teamwork contributed positively to the research project or policy. In addition, a glossary provides definitions about what may be unfamiliar concepts or methods. The authors do a superb job of tying the chapters together, beginning with why these approaches to research and practice are warranted and ending with potential limitations and benefits.
Assessment: This book meets current research expectations by including current methodologies and frameworks used in the field. Chapters on geographic information systems and community-based participatory research introduce to the novice or provide for the experienced researcher examples that help illustrate and shape projected or current work. By building on the literature of interdisciplinary approaches toward urban health, this book brings practical knowledge together from a variety of disciplines to enhance population health and social justice research.