Translating research evidence into practice to reduce health disparities: a social determinants approach

Am J Public Health. 2010 Apr 1;100 Suppl 1(Suppl 1):S72-80. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.167353. Epub 2010 Feb 10.


Translating research evidence to reduce health disparities has emerged as a global priority. The 2008 World Health Organization Commission on Social Determinants of Health recently urged that gaps in health attributable to political, social, and economic factors should be closed in a generation. Achieving this goal requires a social determinants approach to create public health systems that translate efficacy documented by research into effectiveness in the community. We review the scope, definitions, and framing of health disparities and explore local, national, and global programs that address specific health disparities. Such efforts translate research evidence into real-world settings and harness collaborative social action for broad-scale, sustainable change.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Community Networks
  • Evidence-Based Practice*
  • Global Health
  • Health Care Reform
  • Health Status Disparities*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms
  • Public Health Practice
  • Social Medicine*
  • Tobacco Use Disorder
  • Translational Research, Biomedical*