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      Social Determinants and Their Unequal Distribution: Clarifying Policy Understandings 

      Graham, Hilary (The Milbank Quarterly, 2004-03)

      Public health policy in older industrialized societies is being reconfigured to improve population health and to address inequalities in the social distribution of health. The concept of social determinants is central to these policies, with tackling the social influences on health seen as a way to reduce health inequalities. But the social factors promoting and undermining the health of individuals and populations should not be confused with the social processes underlying their unequal distribution. This distinction is important because, despite ...