The Research

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Social Determinants and Health Outcomes

The social determinants of health are the circumstances in which people are born, grow up, live, work, and age, as well as the systems put in place to deal with illness. These circumstances are in turn shaped by a wider set of forces: economics, social policies, and politics. [More]

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Physical Activity Interventions

Physical activity is important in maintaining overall health.  For people with arthritis, exercise can be more difficult.  Evidence-based studies, in conjunction with the Arthritis Foundation, of different forms of exercise, such as general exercise, walking and Tai Chi have shown significant benefits. [More]






Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit

Health Literacy

The complexity of the healthcare system makes it difficult for many Americans to receive the best possible care. More than one-third of U.S. adults have limited health literacy, the ability to understand and use health information to make decisions.

  • People with limited health literacy are less likely to engage in disease prevention behaviors, to know about their illness and medicines, and to manage and control a chronic disease.
  • Limited health literacy is associated with multiple adverse outcomes including rates of hospitalization and mortality.  [More]