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The VCU Center on Society and Health is an academic research center working to connect the dots between social factors and health.

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The Health of the States

The Health of the States

October 26, 2016

A collaboration with the Urban Institute, the project is a detailed analysis comparing states on dozens of health measures and examining connections between 39 health outcomes and 123 drivers of health across five domains: health systems, health behaviors, socioeconomic conditions, the environment, and public policies and spending. Findings were published in a series of reports.

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Mapping Life Expectancy

Mapping Life Expectancy

September 26, 2016

Media-friendly maps depicting dramatic differences in life expectancy across small distances in U.S. cities and rural areas. Building on an earlier set of five maps released for the RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America, the Center produced maps for 21 additional cities and rural areas across the country, including New York City; Richmond, VA; Chicago; Philadelphia; Tulsa, OK; and Detroit. Maps were released throughout 2015 and 2016.

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Richmond Health Equity Report

Richmond Health Equity Report

April 21, 2016

A report examining social determinants of health in metropolitan Richmond, utilizing data from a variety of sources, and including findings from research conducted by Engaging Richmond. The report was released in April, 2016.

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Life Expectancy in Northern Virginia

Life Expectancy in Northern Virginia

June 7, 2016

The health of residents in Northern Virginia is among the best in the United States, but it is not uniform. Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, and the cities they surround were the focus of this report and interactive map examining differences in life expectancy and other sociodemographic factors in the region.

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