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UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? benefited from the contributions of some of the country’s leading health equity researchers, practitioners and advocates, including these individuals who helped guide the development and content of the series:

Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, assistant professor of society, human development and health at Harvard University, researches the impact of segregation and other non-health policies on health inequities (www.diversitydata.org).

Nancy Adler, chair of the MacArthur Network on Socio-Economic Status and Health (www.macses.ucsf.edu) and director of the Center for Health and Community at the University of California, San Francisco, is a leading expert on psycho-social factors and health inequities.

Georges Benjamin, MD, is executive director of the American Public Health Association (www.apha.org), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of public health professionals. Previously he was secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Paula Braveman is director of the Center for Social Disparities in Health and a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. She is also research director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America.

Gail Christopher, DN, former director, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Health Policy Institute, is vice president of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and has helped launch a “fair health” movement.

Troy Duster, former president, American Sociological Association and Silver professor of sociology, New York University, is a leading authority on the use and misuse of race and ethnicity in biomedical research.

Richard Hofrichter, senior analyst, National Association of County and City Health Officials, edited Tackling Health Inequities through Public Health Practice and others books on health inequities.

Camara P. Jones, MD, is research director on social determinants of health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is pioneering ways to measure racism and investigate the structural causes of health inequities.

Ichiro Kawachi, MD, director, Harvard Center for Society and Health (www.hsph.harvard.edu/centers-institutes/society-and-health), Harvard School of Public Health, has authored or co-authored several books linking larger social forces such as income inequality to population health.

Nancy Krieger, professor of society, human development and health, Harvard School of Public Health, is an international leader in social epidemiology, whose research explores the links between social justice and public health.

Brian Smedley, research director and co-founder, The Opportunity Agenda (www.opportunityagenda.org) was study director for the landmark Institute of Medicine report “Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Barriers in Health Care.”

S. Leonard Syme is professor of epidemiology (Emeritus), School of Public Health, University of California-Berkeley, principal investigator of the Youth Empowerment Strategies Project (YES!), and many other studies.

Makani Themba-Nixon is executive director of The Praxis Project (www.thepraxisproject.org), which helps community-based organizations advocate for healthier and more just communities.

David R. Williams, Norman professor of public health, Harvard University School of Public Health, and executive director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America, is one of the country’s leading authorities on health inequities.