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Necessary But Not Sufficient: Why Health Care Alone Cannot Improve Population Health and Reduce Inequities

June 3, 2019
Center NewsHealth

In his recently published editorial for the Annals of Family Medicine, Dr. Steven H. Woolf (Director Emeritus of the Center on Society and Health) discusses several means through which to improve population health, stressing the importance of addressing root causes through cross-sector collaborations. He pays particular attention to the role that health care systems can…

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Center’s Graduate Research Assistant presents in Division of Epidemiology’s Seminar Series

November 7, 2018
Center News

Tierah West, MPH candidate and Research Assistant at the Center on Society and Health, lectured to VCU students, staff, and faculty as part of the Division of Epidemiology’s seminar series on Tuesday, October 30. Her lecture, titled “How to optimize volunteer work to help disadvantaged communities: Community conversations in Richmond, Virginia’s East End neighborhood,” focused on…

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Report Reveals Wide Differences in Health Opportunities Among Metropolitan Washington Neighborhoods

October 26, 2018
Center NewsRecent Releases

Recent research from the VCU Center on Society and Health found that life expectancy across the metropolitan Washington region varies by as much as 27 years and health can differ drastically within a single county, from neighborhood to neighborhood. The report – Uneven Opportunities: How Conditions for Wellness Vary Across the Metropolitan Washington Region – was commissioned by…

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Student Poster Presentation at VDH Health Equity Conference

October 24, 2018
Center News

Doctoral students Jong Hyung (John) Lee and DaShaunda Taylor presented posters at the VDH Office of Health Equity conference on October 17th. The conference, “Sowing the Seeds of Health Equity: Growing Healthy Connected Communities,” offered an opportunity for students to present their work to the distinguished public health audience in attendance. Both students presented on…

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Acting Center Director Derek Chapman, PhD, Gives Keynote Address at AHA’s National Health Equity Program Learning Lab

October 15, 2018
Center News

Acting Center Director, Derek Chapman, PhD, gave the keynote address to the American Hospital Association (AHA)’s National Health Equity Program kickoff learning lab on September 26th. Dr. Chapman serves as part of the National Advisory Committee for the AHA’s National Health Equity Program, a new initiative funded by the Aetna Foundation working to develop clinical-community…

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VCU Center on Society and Health Research Featured at Atlantic Festival 2018

October 11, 2018
Center News

The VCU Center on Society and Health’s Mapping Life Expectancy Project was featured at the Atlantic Festival 2018 in Washington, DC. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, funder of the Mapping Life Expectancy Project and underwriter for the festival, displayed the center’s life expectancy maps on an interactive screen. Festival attendees could explore the maps outside…

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Alicia Aroche serves as panelist for Building Healthier Connected Communities series

September 11, 2018
Center News

Center on Society and Health’s Community Engagement Research Associate Alicia Aroche served as one of three panelists during the first event of a community conversation series on September 8. The series, Building Healthier Connected Communities, is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Health and the Black History Museum. The series consists of three events–each with…

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