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social determinants of health


What Are Social Determinants of Health?

Part 2 in Our 'What Is Public Health?' Video Series

Your health is influenced by a wide range of factors, and the body you were born with is only one of them. In part two of our ongoing 'What Is Public Health?" video series, learn about some of the other factors that influence our health and what public health professionals do to address them. Read more

Elderly Loneliness

A Loneliness Epidemic among Older Americans

Vidhi Verma

Social relationships are key to healthy aging, but more than 42 million American adults say they feel lonely. What can the US learn from other developed countries when it comes to supporting our aging population and preventing loneliness? Read more

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Diversity of Social Relationships Is Just as Important as Quantity in Staying Healthy as We Age

Talha Ali

Research confirms the benefits of a large number of social relationships. But does it matter who we connect with? Talha Ali says maintaining diverse relationships is just as important, if not more, than having a large number of relationships. Read more

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What Is Public Health?

A New Video Series from Michigan Public Health

The field of Public Health—though sometimes misunderstood—plays a critical role in the promotion of health, prevention of disease, and empowerment of people to manage chronic illness and disabilities. In the first of a new video series, discover how different facets of public health work together to drive lasting change. Read more