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7. The Social Ecology of Health in New York City

Community and Ecology

ISBN: 978-0-76231-309-9, eISBN: 978-1-84950-410-2

Publication date: 2 August 2006


Studies repeatedly have found social disparities of health at many levels of spatial aggregation. A second body of empirical research, demonstrating relationships between an area's racial and class composition and its environmental conditions, has led to the rise of an environmental justice movement. However, few studies have connected these two sets of findings to ask whether social disparities in health outcomes are due to local environmental disparities. This chapter investigates whether the association between racial and socioeconomic composition and multiple health conditions across New York City zip codes is partly mediated by neighborhood physical, built, and social environments.


Silver, H. and Messeri, P. (2006), "7. The Social Ecology of Health in New York City", McCright, A.M. and Nichols Clark, T. (Ed.) Community and Ecology (Research in Urban Policy, Vol. 10), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 135-167.



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