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The Political Determinants of Health

Daniel E. Dawes

How do policy and politics influence the social conditions that generate health outcomes?

Reduced life expectancy, worsening health outcomes, health inequity, and declining health care options--these are now realities for most Americans. However, in a country of more than 325 million people, addressing everyone's issues is challenging. How can we effect beneficial change for everyone so we all can thrive? What is the great equalizer?

In this book, Daniel E. Dawes argues that political determinants of health create the social drivers--including poor environmental conditions, inadequate transportation, unsafe neighborhoods, and lack of healthy food options--that affect all other dynamics of health. By understanding these determinants, their origins, and their impact on the equitable distribution of opportunities and resources, we will be better equipped to develop and implement actionable solutions to close the health gap.

Dawes draws on his firsthand experience helping to shape major federal policies, including the Affordable Care Act, to describe the history of efforts to address the political determinants that have resulted in health inequities. Taking us further upstream to the underlying source of the causes of inequities, Dawes examines the political decisions that lead to our social conditions, makes the social determinants of health more accessible, and provides a playbook for how we can address them effectively. A thought-provoking and evocative account that considers both the policies we think of as "health policy" and those that we don't, The Political Determinants of Health provides a novel, multidisciplinary framework for addressing the systemic barriers preventing the United States from becoming the healthiest nation in the world.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publish Date: Mar 24th, 2020
  • Pages: 240
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 5.90in - 0.70in - 0.75lb
  • EAN: 9781421437897
  • Categories: Health PolicyPublic HealthPublic Policy - General

About the Author

Dawes, Daniel E.: - Daniel E. Dawes is the director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine who has been at the forefront of recent major federal health policy negotiations in the United States. The cofounder of the Health Equity Leadership and Exchange Network (HELEN), he is the author of 150 Years of ObamaCare.
Praise for this book
An attorney, scholar, and health policy expert, Dawes is also a capable storyteller . . . Dawes is insistent: We're approaching an inflection point, and we can't afford to embrace a partial commitment to equality in health care. The final chapter of his book argues that the future of health equity begins and ends with the political determinants of health. What follows is a rallying cry to harness the political process to implement more equitable and inclusive health policies. As the COVID-19 pandemic underlines the ways in which our nation is sharply divided by racial and socioeconomic disparities, we need to address the political determinants of health or risk an incalculable setback.
--Leslie Erdelack, Health Affairs
This book deserves to be in classrooms, community reading programs, and government public health agencies. Although the 2016 elections were a setback for the health equity movement, Dawes has given us a rich and important resource for planning ahead.
--Monica Unseld, New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy
This is a must-read for all those who advocate toward a 'healthy, equitable, and inclusive society.'
--Claire Hancock, The Florida Bar Journal
Political Determinants of Health should be commended for packing an immense amount of theory, history, and health advocacy into a relatively concise text.
--Kenneth W. Lin, MD, MPH, Family Medicine