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Social Determinants of Child Health 

Social Determinants of Child Health
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Social Determinants of Child Health
Author(s):

Ryan J. Coller

and Alice A. Kuo

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199309375.003.0005
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date: 26 September 2020

For children, the social determinants of health describe the social and economic context in which they are born, grow up, live, and eventually work, in addition to the systems that exist to maintain health and deal with illness. The social determinants are the factors that bring about positive or negative changes in health or that change the risk of disease. Being largely distinct from medical care, the social determinants of health can be influenced by social policies. Related concepts to understanding how social determinants affect health are social gradients and health equity. Health equity occurs when all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential and no one is disadvantaged from achieving such potential because of social position.

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