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Social inequality and public health$
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Salvatore J. Babones

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423207

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423207.001.0001

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Promoting public understanding of population health

Promoting public understanding of population health

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(p.200) (p.201) Fourteen Promoting public understanding of population health
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Social inequality and public health
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Stephen Bezruchka

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847423207.003.0014

Arguing the science behind the new public health is one thing; getting policy makers and the public to listen is quite another. Most of the countries of the world today are either democracies or, through the influence of the major intergovernmental organisations, encouraged to pursue policies promoted by the leading democracies. This chapter calls the new public health ‘a scientific revolution in progress’ that is ‘resisted by both scientists and the general population’. It calls for a broad-based education effort, focused not just on the schools but also on community activism, the internet and the press. Citizens of the US, being less healthy than those in other rich countries, are the target group.

Keywords:   new public health, scientific revolution, community activism, internet, US citizens

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