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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
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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
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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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Rates of homicide and drug overdoses differ more than seven-fold across the United States, according to new report

August 9, 2017
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In a pair of reports released this week, the Center on Society and Health and the Urban Institute provide detailed information on how the prevalence of certain injuries and sexually transmitted infections differ by state, and how those outcomes are connected to dozens of potential drivers of health. For example, the number of homicide-related deaths…

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Pursuing Health Equity

June 6, 2017
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Center Director Steven Woolf spoke today at the Health Affairs briefing on “Pursuing Health Equity.” Dr. Woolf and his colleagues discussed several topics related to health equity, including evidence of inequities in health care, how to achieve health equity, and ways in which we can address the social determinants of health. The briefing marks the release…

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Teaching Awards to Center Faculty

May 30, 2017
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At their graduation ceremony, newly minted graduates of the VCU Master’s of Public Health Program presented CSH Associate Director Derek Chapman, PhD, and CSH Affiliate Faculty Roy Sabo, PhD, with awards for their excellence in teaching. The VCU Public Health Student Association presents annual awards to faculty members who teach the best core course and…

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