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.

 
Produced in 2011 and updated in 2012, visitors can use the County Health Calculator to explore how health is associated with education, income and other social determinants of health.
 
Produced in 2007 as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Commission to Build a Healthier America, the Education and Health Calculator is an interactive tool allowing users to view estimates for how many deaths would be averted if states or counties had higher education rates.

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:

In Washington, DC, life expectancy can vary by 7 years between subway stops In New Orleans, life expectancy can vary by 25 years across neighborhoods In Kansas City, life expectancy can vary by 14 years across highway exits In Minneapolis & St. Paul, life expectancy can vary by 13 years or more along Interstate 94 In the San Joaquin Valley, life expectancy can vary by 12 years across highway exits

Articles and op-eds

Woolf SH, Zimmerman E, Simon, S. The inextricable link between neighborhoods and health. PD&R Edge online magazine. November 2013.

Read more about news coverage of the Center's work here.

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:

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

Place Matters

The following reports were released throughout 2012 for the following localities as part of the Place Matters project:

Baltimore, MD

Bernalillo County, NM

Boston, MA

Chicago, IL (Cook County)

New Orleans, LA (Orleans Parish)

Oakland, CA (Alameda County)

San Joaquin Valley, CA

South Delta, MS

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.

Braveman PA, Egerter SA, Woolf SH, Marks JS. When do we know enough to recommend action on the social determinants of health? Am J Prev Med 2011;40(1 Suppl 1):S58-66. 

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 HealthDiscussion 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

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