Action on the social determinants of health and health inequities goes global

Annu Rev Public Health. 2011;32:225-36. doi: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031210-101220.


Marked health inequities exist between regions, between countries, and within countries. Reducing these inequities in health requires attention to the unfair distribution of power, money, and resources and the conditions of everyday life. These are the social determinants of health. The World Health Organization (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) brought together a global evidence base of what could be done to reduce these health inequities, demonstrating that economic and social policy, if done well, can improve health and health equity. A global movement for health equity was reignited by the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health when it made a call to action upon delivering its final report.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Health Policy / trends*
  • Health Status Disparities*
  • Humans
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • World Health Organization