Communities matter: the relationship between neighborhoods and health

N C Med J. 2012 Sep-Oct;73(5):381-8.


Understanding the link between neighborhood conditions (both physical and social) and health outcomes is an essential step toward ameliorating health disparities in low-income and high-risk minority populations. This commentary discusses the evidence that the neighborhood is a key social determinant of health and describes tools that can be used to help overcome disparities in community health.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Promotion*
  • Health Status Disparities*
  • Housing / economics
  • Humans
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Social Environment*
  • Social Support