Chapter 1 argues that while public health professionals and the general public are increasingly aware that social factors such as education income inequality and experiences of discrimination powerfully affect population health there has been little awareness of religion as a social determinant of health. There is increasing awareness among public health professionals and the general public that the social conditions of poverty lack of education income inequality poor working conditions and experiences of discrimination play a dominant role in determining health status. Idlers edited volume is a vital work for scholars and practitioners of public health religious studies or those working in other areas that address public health concerns who seek to expand upon the social determinants of health framework by exploring religions often overlooked role in population health. In religion as a social determinant of public health leading scholars in the social sciences public health and religion address this omission by examining the embodied sacred practices of the worlds religions the history of alignment and tension between religious and public health institutions the research on the health impact of . Religion as social determinant of public health ellen idler phd editor oxford university press 2014 in the fall of 2010 ellen idler director of the religion and public health collaborative and professor of sociology convened an interdisciplinary faculty seminar at emory that explored both the positive and negative intersections of
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