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Recent BMJ editorial by Center Director explores role of policies in failing health of the United States

February 7, 2018
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Drugs, alcohol and suicides are contributing to an alarming drop in U.S. life expectancy, particularly among middle-aged white Americans and those living in rural communities, according to an editorial co-authored by Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health director Steven Woolf, M.D. The editorial, titled “Failing Health of the United States,” published in the…

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Center report finds startling increases in deaths due to substance abuse, suicides among Missouri whites

January 11, 2018
Center News

According to a study released by the Center on Society and Health, in partnership with the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, “deaths of despair”—those related to drugs and alcohol and other causes of death linked to stress—are skyrocketing among young and middle-aged whites in rural Missouri. The study, funded by…

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New Report Takes Deep-Dive Into Causes of Death Fueling Rises in Mortality in California

December 13, 2017
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According to a study released by the Center on Society and Health, in partnership with the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh,  “deaths of despair”—those related to drugs and alcohol and other causes of death linked to stress—are skyrocketing in rural Northern California and the Central San Joaquin Valley among whites….

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Northern Virginia’s Uneven Opportunity Landscape

November 28, 2017
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When it comes to providing opportunities for social and economic mobility, Northern Virginia is a region of stark contrasts, with communities of great affluence virtually adjacent to highly disadvantaged neighborhoods where residents struggle to get ahead. A new report by the Center on Society and Health, commissioned by the Northern Virginia Health Foundation (NVHF), found…

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VCU Center on Society and Health Awarded $150,000 to Support Research Dedicated to Strengthening Civic Engagement and Volunteering Across the Nation

September 21, 2017
Center News

The VCU Center on Society and Health has been awarded a National Service and Civic Engagement Research grant of $150,000 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps and the nation’s volunteer initiatives. Through this grant, CSH will contribute to a body of research dedicated to increasing and…

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A Commentary on Social Unrest

August 22, 2017
Center News

The VCU Center on Society and Health denounces the recent rise in expressions of hatred in America and the increasingly threatening and violent acts of intolerance occurring in communities across the country. We feel compelled to speak out in response to the events of August 11-12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, where hundreds of white supremacists, neo-Nazi…

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