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Am J Public Health. 2011 May;101(5):822-30. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.140988. Epub 2011 Mar 18.

Integration of social epidemiology and community-engaged interventions to improve health equity.

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  • 1Master of Public Health Program, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 87131, USA. nwallerstein@salud.unm.edu


The past quarter century has seen an explosion of concern about widening health inequities in the United States and worldwide. These inequities are central to the research mission in 2 arenas of public health: social epidemiology and community-engaged interventions. Yet only modest success has been achieved in eliminating health inequities. We advocate dialogue and reciprocal learning between researchers with these 2 perspectives to enhance emerging transdisciplinary language, support new approaches to identifying research questions, and apply integrated theories and methods. We recommend ways to promote transdisciplinary training, practice, and research through creative academic opportunities as well as new funding and structural mechanisms.

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