UNNATURAL CAUSES is inequality making us sick? HEALTH EQUITY research topics and resources to learn more

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Seven learn-by-doing experiences to help you discover the underlying causes of health inequities in the U.S.

  • Image Thumbnail A Tale of Two Smokers E-mail to a friend

    Two people, one rich and one poor, are told by their doctor to stop smoking and lose 30 pounds in six months. See the challenges they face as they try to follow their doctor’s orders.

  • Image Thumbnail Accumulating Advantage  E-mail to a friend

    How do racism and class status get under the skin? How simple is it to just "brush off" experiences with racism? Try this exercise to measure what you are able to take for granted (or not) in your life, and learn how these relate to health.

  • Image Thumbnail Health Equity Quiz E-mail to a friend

    Test your knowledge of health equity! How does the U.S. stack up against other countries on key indicators? How do groups in the U.S. compare to one another? Are the conditions that shape our health as simple as what we eat, what’s in our genes, and whether or not we have good medical care?

    Special thanks to Stephen Bezruchka at the University of Washington Population Health Forum for his help in writing questions and inspiring this activity.

  • Image Thumbnail The Last Mile E-mail to a friend

    We all want to live a long, happy life. So how can we improve outcomes and change unequal social conditions? Play this fill-in-the-blank game to spell out a vision for the long term and learn about policy ideas along the way.

  • Image Thumbnail The Perfect Neighborhood E-mail to a friend

    What comes to mind when you think of a healthy neighborhood? What does it take to make a neighborhood more healthy? Find out why conditions in some communities might be less favorable to health than others and what can be done to change them.

  • Image Thumbnail YOYO Health E-mail to a friend

    The U.S. is one of the richest, most powerful countries in the world. Half of all the health care dollars in the world are spent each year in the U.S. So are we healthier as a result? If not, what do healthy countries have in common that we don't?

    Select a chart to see how the U.S. compares with other countries on a few international measures. Then read the conclusion to learn what it all means.