Public Health and the Urban Environment

Recommended

There are several first-rate websites and research reports to consult on this topic.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has been at the forefront in funding research to tease apart the relationship between place and health.  See Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Commission for a Healthier America, “Where We Live Matters for Our Health: The Links Between Housing and Health” (2008) *

The Institute for Alternative Futures is a recent joint venture between government, think tanks, and researchers to find cost-effective ways to reducing class and race disparities in health.  See Institute for Alternative Futures, The DRA Project “Most Important Disparity Reducing Advances in U.S. Healthcare and Public Health” *

See also Christopher Browning and Kathleen Cagney, “Moving Beyond Poverty: Neighborhood Structure, Social Processes, and Health” *

Kristen Shook Slack and Joan Yoo, “Food Hardships and Child Behavior Problems among Low-Income Children” *

John Cook, Deborah Frank, Carol Berkowitz, Maureen Black, Patrick Casey, Diana Cutts, Alan Meyers, Nieves Zaldivar, Anne Skalicky, Suzette Levenson, Tim Heeren, and Mark Nord, “Food Insecurity Is Associated with Adverse Health Outcomes among Human Infants and Toddlers” *

John Cook, Deborah Frank, Carol Berkowitz, Maureen Black, Patrick Casey, Diana Cutts, Alan Meyers, Nieves Zaldivar, Anne Skalicky, Suzette Levenson, and Tim Heeren, “Welfare Reform and the Health of Young Children: A Sentinel Survey in Six U.S. Cities” *

Phillip Kaufman, James MacDonald, Steve Lutz, and David Smallwood, “Do the Poor Pay More for Food?: Item Selection and Price Differences Affect Low-Income Household Food Costs” *

Nathan McClintock, “From Industrial Garden to Food Desert: Demarcated Devaluation in the Flatlands of Oakland, California” *

Samiya Bashir, “Home is Where the Harm Is: Inadequate Housing as a Public Health Crisis” *

 

National Center for Healthy Housing, “Housing Interventions and Health: A Review of the Evidence” *

  • Larry Adelman,  “Becoming an American” and “Bad Sugar,” from Unnatural Causes (29 minutes each)
  • Clive Cookson, “Poverty Mars Formation of Infant Brains” *
  • Robert Kliegman, “Perpetual Poverty: Child Health and the Underclass” *

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