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Social Injustice and Public Health

Barry S. Levy


The third edition of Social Injustice and Public Health provides a comprehensive, up-to-date resource on the relationship of social injustice to the broad field of public health. It includes 29 chapters and many text boxes on a wide range of relevant issues written by 78 contributors who are expert in their respective areas of work. The book includes many descriptions of social injustice and its adverse effects on health, supplemented with many tables, graphs, photographs, and case examples—and many recommendations on what needs to be done to address social injustice. Social Injustice and Publ ... More

Keywords: social justice, social injustice, equity, public health, health disparities, human rights, prevention, social determinants of health, people of color, public policy

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190914653
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190914653.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barry S. Levy, editor
Adjunct Professor of Public Health, Tufts University School of Medicine

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Part I Introduction

Part II How Social Injustice Affects the Health of Specific Population Groups

2 Socioeconomically Disadvantaged People

Michael Marmot and Ruth Bell

3 People of Color

Carol Easley Allen and Cheryl E. Easley

4 Women

Gina Maranto

5 Children

Sara Rosenbaum, Kay A. Johnson, and Rachel Gunsalus

6 Older People

Steven P. Wallace and Carroll L. Estes

7 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender/Transsexual People

Emilia Lombardi and Talia Mae Bettcher

8 People with Disabilities

Nora Ellen Groce

9 Incarcerated People

Ernest Drucker

10 People Who Are Homeless

Elizabeth M. Moore, Theresa H. Cheng, Roya Ijadi-Maghsoodi, and Lillian Gelberg

Part III How Social Injustice Affects Areas of Public Health

12 Medical Care

Oliver Fein and H. Jack Geiger

13 Infectious Diseases

Joia S. Mukherjee and Paul E. Farmer

14 Nutrition

J. Larry Brown

15 Noncommunicable Diseases

Ramla Benmaamar, Madeleine Smith, and Derek Yach

16 Mental Health

Carles Muntaner, Edwin Ng, Haejoo Chung, Philipp Hessel, and William W. Eaton

17 Violence

James A. Mercy and Sarah DeGue

18 Environmental Health

Barry S. Levy

20 Oral Health

Myron Allukian, Jr., and Alice M. Horowitz

Part IV An Agenda for Action

24 Strengthening Communities and the Roles of Individuals in Building Community Life

Robert E. Aronson, Kay Lovelace, John W. Hatch, and Tony L. Whitehead

28 Learning from the Social Movements of the 1960s

Oliver Fein and Charlotte S. Phillips

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