Interview with Daniel E. Dawes

Longtime friend and ally of the REACH program and the National REACH Coalition, Daniel Dawes, has a new book, The Political Determinants of Health. In this book Mr. Dawes argues that political determinants of health create the social drivers—including poor environmental conditions, inadequate transportation, unsafe neighborhoods, and lack of healthy food options—that affect all other dynamics of health. By understanding these determinants, their origins, and their impact on the equitable distribution of opportunities and resources, we will be better equipped to develop and implement actionable solutions to close the health gap. Charmaine Ruddock, Project Director from the Institute for Family Health’s Bronx Health REACH and President of the NRC Board spoke with Daniel about his book.

Daniel is the Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Associate Lead for Government Relations at Morehouse School of Medicine, and is a nationally acknowledged thought leader in health equity and the political and social determinants of health. Read his blog post, “It’s Time to Wake Up and Address the Single Greatest Determinant of Health Injustices.”

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