Videos and Web-Based Tools
An interactive graphic showing how the top issues affecting our society can impact income and health, released May 2015:
Created by the Center on Society and Health with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the videos below are part of the Education and Health Initiative, a larger project aiming to increase awareness and understanding of the important connections between education and health. The videos were released in April and January of 2014.
Maps, graphics, and photovoice
Chapman D, Kelley L, Woolf SH. Life Expectancy Maps. 2015-2016:
Woolf SH, Johnson RE, Ren C. Life Expectancy Maps. 2013:
Articles and op-eds
Woolf SH, Zimmerman E, Simon, S. The inextricable link between neighborhoods and health. PD&R Edge online magazine. November 2013.
Issue briefs and white papers
Income and Health Initiative
How are Income and Wealth Linked to Health and Longevity? Published April, 2015
Can Income-Related Policies Improve Population Health? Published April, 2015
Education and Health Initiative
Education and Health: The Return on Investment, Published April, 2015:
- Download the issue brief for federal policymakers
- Download the issue brief for state policymakers
- Download the issue brief for business leaders
Health Care: Necessary but not Sufficient, Published September, 2014
Why Education Matters to Health: Exploring the Causes, Published April 2014
Education: It Matters More to Health than Ever Before, Published January, 2014
The following reports were released throughout 2012 for the following localities as part of the Place Matters project:
Project on Societal Distress
The following issue briefs address the prevalence of societal distress in the U.S. and in the states of Michigan, Mississippi, and New Mexico and cover five domains - food security, housing, health, education, and income. Click here to download PDFs of the reports.
|Food security||U.S.||Food Security in the U.S.||May 2011|
|Food Security in the U.S.||October 2010|
|Food Security in the U.S.||August 2009|
|Michigan||Food Security in Michigan||August 2009|
|Mississippi||Food Security in Mississippi||September 2009|
|New Mexico||Food Security in New Mexico||March 2010|
|Housing||U.S.||Housing in the U.S.||January 2011|
|Housing in the U.S.||August 2009|
|Michigan||Housing in Michigan||December 2010|
|Mississippi||Housing in Mississippi||December 2010|
|New Mexico||Housing in New Mexico||December 2010|
|Health||U.S.||Health in the U.S.||May 2011|
|Health in the U.S.||January 2010|
|Michigan||Health in Michigan||December 2010|
|Mississippi||Health in Mississippi||December 2010|
|New Mexico||Health in New Mexico||December 2010|
|Education||U.S.||Education in the U.S.||May 2011|
|Education in the U.S.||October 2010|
|Michigan||Education in Michigan||May 2011|
|Education in Michigan||November 2010|
|Mississippi||Education in Mississippi||May 2011|
|Education in Mississippi||November 2010|
|New Mexico||Education in New Mexico||May 2011|
|Education in New Mexico||November 2010|
|Income||U.S.||Income in the U.S.||October 2010|
|Michigan||Income in Michigan||December 2010|
|Mississippi||Income in Mississippi||December 2010|
|New Mexico||Income in New Mexico||December 2010|
Health Impact Assessments (HIAs)
Woolf SH, Braveman P, Evans B. The Health Implications of Reduced Food Stamp Eligibility. May 2013
Evans B, Woolf SH. The Potential Health Impact of a Poultry Litter-to-Energy Facility in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. March 2013
Peer-reviewed journal articles
Woolf SH, Zimmerman E, Haley AD, Krist AH. Authentic engagement of patients and communities can transform research, practice, and policy. Health Affairs 2016; 35: 590-594.
Lary DJ, Woolf SH, Faruque F, LePage JP. Holistics 3.0 for health. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2014, 3(3):1023-1038; doi10.3390/ijgi3031023.
Woolf SH, Aron LY. The US health disadvantage relative to other high-income countries: findings from a National Research Council/Institute of Medicine report. JAMA. 2013 Feb. 27;309(8):771-2.
Woolf SH, Braveman P. Where health disparities begin: the role of social and economic determinants—and why current policies could make matters worse. Health Affairs 2011;30:1852-9.
Woolf SH. Public health implications of government spending reductions. JAMA 2011;305:1902-3.
Woolf SH, Jones RM, Johnson RE, Phillips RL Jr, Oliver MN, Vichare A. Avertable deaths associated with household income in Virginia. Am J Public Health 2010;100:750-5.
Woolf SH. Social policy as health policy. Journal of the American Medical Association 2009; 301:1166-9
Woolf SH. Future health consequences of the current decline in US household income. Journal of the American Medical Association 2007;298:1931-3.
Muennig PA, Woolf SH. Health and economic benefits of reducing the number of students per classroom in US primary schools. American Journal of Public Health 2007;97:2020-7.
Woolf SH, Johnson RE, Phillips RL Jr, Philipsen M. Giving everyone the health of the educated: an examination of whether social change would save more lives than medical advances. American Journal of Public Health 2007;97:679-83.
Woolf SH, Johnson RE, Geiger HJ. The rising prevalence of severe poverty in America: a growing threat to public health. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2006;31:332-341.
Wulczyn F, Zimmerman E. Longitudinal placement patterns among siblings in foster care in New York City.Children and Youth Services Review 2005;27:741-763.
Woolf SH, Johnson RE, Fryer GE Jr, Rust G, Satcher D. The health impact of resolving racial disparities: an analysis of US mortality data. American Journal of Public Health 2004;94:2078-81.
Woolf SH. Society's choice: the tradeoff between efficacy and equity and the lives at stake. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2004;27:49-56.
Book chapters and reports
Zimmerman E, Woolf SH. Understanding the Relationship Between Education and Health. Discussion Paper, Institute of Medicine. Washington, DC, June 5, 2015.
Breakout Session: Where on the age spectrum do you invest? In: NIH/OBSSR Meeting on Education and Health: New Frontiers: Meeting Summary. Washington, DC, June 4, 2014.
Why educational attainment is crucial to improving population health, In: Exploring Opportunities for Collaboration Between Health and Education to Improve Population Health: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2014.
Johnson RE, Ren C, Woolf SH. Life Expectancy along the DC Metro Lines. Report to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, March 26, 2013.
Moore, S, Robles, A, Zimmerman, E. 2012. Richmond Promise Neighborhood Community Needs Assessment. Fairfax, VA: George Mason University Center for Social Science Research.
Woolf SH, Braveman P. The social and ecological determinants of health, ln: Holsinger JW, Jr., ed.Contemporary Topics in Public Health. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2012.
Woolf SH, Phillips RL, Jr. Social determinants of health: their influence on personal choice, environmental exposures, and health care. In: Scutchfield FD, Keck W, eds. Principles of Public Health Practice, 3rd ed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Learning, 2009.
Zimmerman E., McAuley W, Buchanan J. Rural-Urban Differences in Nursing Home Admissions, Service Usage and Discharge. Report to Health Resources Services Administration, Rural Health Research Program, 2007.
Zimmerman E, Dopkins L, Masters P, Vallas S. Public Perceptions of Gang Activity in Northern Virginia: Results of a Pilot Study. Fairfax, VA: George Mason University, Center for Social Science Research, 2006.
Li J, Zimmerman E. Low-Income Populations in New York City: Economic Trends and Social Welfare Programs, 1997. New York: United Way of New York City, 1998.
Presentations and posters
Woolf SH, Sedlock S. Community context in understanding geographic disparities in social determinants of health. American Public Health Association Conference, Denver, CO, November 10, 2010
Evans B, Eaves F, Haley AD, Robles A, Zimmerman E, Woolf SH, Smedley B. Community involvement in the design of community health equity reports (poster). American Public Health Association Conference, Denver, CO, November 9, 2010
Haley AD. Health equity measures. Virginia Public Health Association Conference, Richmond, VA, September 22, 2011
Evans B, Woolf SH, Thompson C, Zimmerman E, Johnson R, Deng X. Analyzing the effect of the 2007 - 2009 recession on inequalities in societal distress (poster). American Public Health Association Conference, Washington D.C., October 31, 2011
Haley AD. How much does it matter? Developing a tool to help the public quantify the importance of social determinants of health. American Public Health Association Conference, Washington D.C., November 1, 2011
Evans B. Determinants of geographic variation in life expectancy in urban and rural settings. Academy Health Research Meeting, Orlando, FL, June 26, 2012
Evans B. Stakeholder involvement in a HIA of a proposed biomass facility. International Health Impact Assessment Conference, Quebec City, Quebec, August 30, 2012
Bea C, Haley AD, Kenney B, Johnston R, Miles C, Moore S, Muhammad VB, Robles A, Ryan C, Scott T, Thomas M, Tyler D, Walker A, Wheeler D, Wingo B, Zimmerman E. Engaging Richmond: Promoting participation in health equity research. Presentation to Researchers at Virgina Commonwealth University, October 4, 2012
A version of this presentation was also presented to:
- Richmond Promise Neighborhoods
- Capital Region Partners Management Team
- Creighton Court Community
- Peter Paul, East View/Brauers
- Fairfield Court Community
- Whitcomb Court Community
- Metro Richmond Clergy Convocation
- Virginia Employment Commission
- Mayor's Commission on Poverty
- Council for Community Engagement
Evans B, Woolf SH, Haley A, Zimmerman E, Thacker L, Sedlock S, Manghi B. Determinants of geographic variation in life expectancy in urban and rural settings (poster). American Public Health Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, October 29, 2012
Evans B. A health impact assessment of a proposed poultry litter to energy facility in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. American Public Health Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, October 30, 2012
Zimmerman E. Experiences of residents involved in community/university CBPR partnership; Challenges and opportunities (round table discussion). American Public Health Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, October 30, 2012
Evans B, Woolf SH, Zimmerman E, Thompson C, Johnson R, Deng X. The price of a lost education: How education affects hunger, housing, wealth, and health (poster). American Public Health Association Conference, San Francisco, CA, October 30, 2012
Perry A, Joubert C, Block D, Smedley B, Haley A. Place matters for health: Using locally-tailored community health equity reports to compel action to eliminate health inequities. Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit, Bethesda, MD, December 17, 2012
Evans B. A health impact assessment of a proposed poultry litter to energy facility in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. Presentation to Members of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, April 10, 2013
Zimmerman E, Haley A, Bea C, Thomas M, Walker A. Community-based participatory research: Involving residents in qualitative coding (poster). AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Bethesda, MD, June 24, 2013
Walker A, Simon S. Center on Society and Health: Improving health through community engagement. Presentation to AARP National Policy Council, Washington, DC, November 5, 2013
Ren C. Estimation of small-area life expectancy: A comparison of two methods. Abstract 3222. American Public Health Association Conference, Boston, MA, November 2-6, 2013
Johnson R. Community conditions contributing to high life expectancy: An analysis of outliers. Abstract 4303. American Public Health Association Conference, Boston, MA, November 2-6, 2013
Woolf SH, Braveman P, Ren C, Johnson RE, Haley AD, Walker AR, Evans BF, Zimmerman E, Cho SM, Wernham A. What are the health consequences of reduced food stamp eligibility? An examination of the evidence for the U.S. Congress (poster). American Public Health Association Conference, Boston, MA, November 2-6, 2013
Bea C, Haley A, Kenney B, Johnston R, Miles C, Mitchell T, Moore S, Muhammad VB, Robles A, Thomas M, Walker A, Zimmerman E. Behind the scenes: Invisible work in community-based research. Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, February 20-23, 2014
Lightfoot A, Walker A, Jackson M, Bea C, Haley A, DeMarco M. Engaging Richmond and the CBPR Charrette process: Moving partnership results to action. Community Campus Partnerships for Health, Chicago, IL, May 1, 2014
Miles C, Haley A. Engaging Richmond: Moving research to action through mental health coalition building (poster). Community Campus Partnerships for Health, Chicago, IL, May 1, 2014
Ren C, Johnson R, Cohen SA, Zimmerman E, Phillips A, Haley A, Chapman D, Woolf SH. Small-area life expectancy: A comparison of methods, relationship to neighborhood sociodemographic factors, and outlier analysis. Population Association of America 2014 Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, May 1, 2014
Woolf SH. Education and population health: A review of the relationship and a strategy for working together toward common goals. Roundtable on Population Health Improvement Workshop on Health and Education, June 5, 2014