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A Typology of Actions to Tackle Social Inequalities in Health


J. Epidemiol. Community Health 2007;61;473-478 doi:10.1136/jech.2005.037242

Many countries are wrestling with the question of what can be done to address the serious social inequalities in health that they face. This article introduces the literature on theory-based approaches to the assessment of interventions and applies the logic to actions to tackle social inequalities in health. By doing so, it presents a typology which differentiates health inequality interventions by their underlying theories of how and why the measures proposed are expected to have their impact. It is designed to stimulate debate and understanding among practitioners and policy-makers about the range of different interventions available and their potential
effectiveness for the task in hand.

Primary Toolkit:

Health Equity and Social Justice Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Health Equity, Social Justice, Vulnerable Populations


Institutional Author:

Margaret Whitehead





Five most recent user comments

5 Stars of 5 - Extremely Useful
Excellent analysis of equity interventions
By Meghan Patterson
This paper provides an excellent overview and analysis of the intervention categories.  It is a great resource for public health departments as well as community partners as they create new, as well as modify and assess existing intervention strategies that seek to eliminate health inequities.

5 Stars of 5 - Extremely Useful
Excellent overview of Public Health Approaches
Macro-economics and Economic development is overlooked in traditional public health approaches.  Case study on tobacco and the socioeconomic inequalities surrounding is included and is quite interesting.  Old approach of individual cessation programs vs. holistic approach of ending subsidies to farmers who grow tobacco.  Good Read.

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