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Connecting the Dots: Health and the Arts

January 17, 2017
Center News

When the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings showed the poor health indicators of their citizens, the people of Sullivan County, New York joined together to try to improve the health of their community. In October of last year, local officials and population health experts gathered at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts,…

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Center Evaluation Day

January 3, 2017
Center News

Every seven years, VCU Centers and Institutes undergo an extensive external evaluation process to ensure that each institute and center is contributing to the overall mission of the university. After preparation, the Center on Society and Health underwent our seven-year external evaluation on November 22, 2016. Paula Braveman, MD, MPH, Director of the University of…

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Chanel Bea Accepts New Role as Community Engagement Assistant

December 12, 2016
Center News

The Center on Society and Health is pleased to announce that Chanel Bea has accepted a full-time position as the Center’s Community Engagement Assistant. Ms. Bea started working with the Center five years ago as one of the founding members of Engaging Richmond and has since worked on several Engaging Richmond projects, most recently on…

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New Study Links America’s Health to Social, Economic and Environmental Factors in State-by-State Comparisons

October 26, 2016
Center NewsEducationHealthHousingIncomeRecent Releases

In a new report, released today, the Center on Society and Health and the Urban Institute show how states rank on dozens of health outcomes, highlighting where they are doing well and areas in which they need improvement. Perhaps most importantly, the data also provide detailed information about more than 100 potential drivers of these…

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The U.S. Health Disadvantage and the Role of Spending

June 7, 2016
Center NewsHealth

CSH Director, Steve Woolf, and Urban Institute Senior Fellow, Laudy Aron, recently co-authored a Health Affairs blog article on the increasing evidence of Americans’ poor health and the role of social spending. In addition to their 2013 National Academies Report, Shorter Lives Poorer Health, authors Woolf and Aron point to the recently published work of…

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Steve Woolf and Chanel Bea Highlight Benefits of Community Stakeholder Engagement in Research

June 3, 2016
Center NewsCommunity EngagementHealth

At a briefing event hosted by Health Affairs on April 7 in Washington, DC, CSH Director Steve Woolf and Community Researcher Chanel Bea gave compelling interviews on the important benefits of community and patient engagement to improve health and health care delivery in our country. Health Affairs in partnership with the Patient Centered Outcomes Research…

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Why Place Matters

April 26, 2016
Center NewsEducationHealthHousingIncome

In a recent blog article featured on Urban Wire, Urban Institute author Laudy Aron comments on the relationship between place and disadvantage and the effects on health outcomes. She outlines several policy steps that are needed to ensure that all Americans have access to support and resources they need to live “healthy, productive, and fulfilling…

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Dr. Steven Woolf to Present at Practical Playbook National Meeting

March 11, 2016
Center News

On May 23rd, Director Steven Woolf will be among the distinguished panelists presenting in the opening plenary session in Bethesda, MD at The Practical Playbook National Meeting, an event aimed at bringing public health and primary care together through cross-sector collaboration and the exchange of ideas to drive population health improvement. The meeting will primarily…

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