Poverty and Health: : A Crisis Among America’s Most Vulnerable

Poverty and HealthFollowing on Fitzpatrick’s recent book, Unhealthy Cities: Poverty, Race, and Place in America (Routledge, 2010), this two-volume set examines poverty and health across location and population in the US. The first volume, Risks and Challenges, contains 11 contributions by 17 American academics, researchers, and health care practitioners highlighting the groups at greatest risk and defining what those health risks look like for the poor and near-poor living in the US. Key areas addressed are the contributing individual and structural-level factors; homelessness and health; and programming, policy, and proposed solutions to the poverty and health crisis. The second volume, The Importance of Place in Determining Their Future, contains 12 contributions by 27 academics, researchers, health care practitioners, and community advocacy professionals examining the depth of struggle for the diverse groups living in poverty in a variety of locations throughout the US. The 12 chapters discuss both theoretical and empirical works examining the relationship of place and health; specific place-based conditions and their role in worsening the negative health circumstances of the impoverished; and ways to lower or minimize disparities across groups by addressing specific elements of places and their role in mitigating negative health outcomes. Annotation ¬©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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