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Exploring the Social Determinants of Health Series

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How Social Factors Shape Health: Violence, Social Disadvantage and Health

The same social factors that shape health–including education, income and wealth, and related conditions where we live, learn, work and play–are also strongly linked to violence. Considering those links can help us understand why some groups of Americans are more affected by violence than others. This issue brief focuses on the links between violence, health and social disadvantage. It examines the health effects of violence on individuals and communities and explores strategies to prevent violence by addressing the social determinants of health.

This is one in a series of 12 issue briefs on the social determinants of health. The series began as a product of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America and continues as a part of the Foundation's Vulnerable Populations Portfolio.