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February 6, 2013

Improving Population Health in US Cities

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Office of Healthcare Improvement, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, New York, New York (Dr Stine); Departments of Population Health and Medicine, NYU School of Medicine (Drs Stine and Gourevitch); and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts (Dr Chokshi).

JAMA. 2013;309(5):449-450. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.154302

Interest in population health and the promotion of greater collaboration between medical, public health, and social service institutions has surged in recent months.1 This approach adopts a comprehensive notion of health determinants that are spread across domains of behavioral risk, social and economic circumstances, environmental exposures, and medical care. The balance and effects of many of these determinants, eg, availability of healthy foods, parks and other safe places to play and exercise, exposure to environmental irritants, and safe housing, are specific to geographic locale.2

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