Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity

Communities in Action: Pathways to Health EquityAn individual’s health status is shaped in part by external influences, such as community-wide factors, that can contribute to health inequities. Currently in the United States, the burdens of disease and poor health and the benefits of wellbeing and good health are inequitably distributed with negative consequences for the nation’s wellbeing, prosperity, and economic competitiveness. This report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine was authored by an expert committee tasked with considering solutions that could be identified, developed, and implemented at the local or community level to advance health equity. The report identifies the major elements of effective or promising solutions and their key levers, policies, stakeholders, and other elements needed to be successful.

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