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MacArthur Foundation Sites

MacArthur Foundation home page
MacArthur is one of the nation's largest independent foundations. Through the support it provides, the Foundation fosters the development of knowledge, nurtures individual creativity, strengthens institutions, helps improve public policy, and provides information to the public, primarily through support for public interest media.

MacArthur Research Networks Domestic_Grantmaking__Research_Networks.htm
The Foundation supports interdisciplinary research networks, "research institutions without walls," on topics related primarily to human and community development. They are Foundation-initiated projects that bring together highly talented individuals from a spectrum of disciplines, perspectives, and research methods.

Health, Research and Policy Information Sites

Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative
BARHII is a regional collaboration of health departments in the San Francisco Bay Area established to confront health inequities.

Center for the Advancement of Health
CFAH conducts research, communicates findings, and advocates for policies that support everyone's ability to benefit from advances in health science.

Center for Health and Community
CHC was established to: 1) facilitate multidisciplinary research that will provide comprehensive understanding of problems of health, illness and health care, 2) develop and test new strategies for research and interventions to promote health, prevent disease and facilitate recovery, and 3) establish collaborative partnerships with community groups that enable the Center to fulfill its educational, research, and service priorities.

Commission on Social Determinants of Health
The Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) was established to support countries and global health partners to address the social factors leading to ill health and inequities. It drew the attention of society to the social determinants of health that are known to be among the worst causes of poor health and inequalities between and within countries in its final report:

Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
University College London
This is a multidisciplinary department which aims to develop a better understanding of health and prevention of ill health through vigorous research and the development of research methodology. This knowledge is applied via undergraduate and graduate teaching, contributions to national and international health policy and contributions to the wider public understanding on health.

Environment and Human Health, Inc.
Environment and Human Health, Inc., is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to protecting human health from environmental harms through research, education and the promotion of sound public policy. Environment and Human Health, Inc. is made up of doctors, public health professionals and policy experts committed to the reduction of environmental health risks to individuals.

Institute for Social Research
The scientific mission of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) includes the planning and conduct of high quality social science research, the dissemination of findings from this research, and the training of future generations of social scientists.

Interdisciplinary Consortium on Urban Planning and Public Health (ICUPPH)
The Interdisciplinary Consortium on Urban Planning and Public Health (ICUPPH) is a coalition of students, researchers, and professionals in public health and planning, with members representing Harvard's School of Public Health, Graduate School of Design, and Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and the Boston University School of Public Health.

Institute of Medicine
The Institute provides a vital service by working outside the framework of government to ensure scientifically informed analysis and independent guidance. The IOM's mission is to serve as adviser to the nation to improve health. The Institute provides unbiased, evidence-based, and authoritative information and advice concerning health and science policy to policy-makers, professionals, leaders in every sector of society, and the public at large.

NIA Demography of Aging Centers (Network on Measurement of Biological Risk)
The Network on Measurement of Biological Risk provides information on the importance of individual biomarkers including a scientific understanding of the pathways and processes by which health is affected as well as information on risk level and interaction of individual measures of risk, and information on procedures for collection, storage, and assay of biological specimens.

The Pittsburgh Mind-Body Center
PMBC is dedicated to promoting scientific excellence in understanding mind-body interactions as they determine health. It offers the latest knowledge on its website about measurement and theory in key areas of mind-body science; provides advanced training in specific areas relevant to mind-body science and health through workshops, symposia, and its annual Summer Institute; and advances scientific knowledge through identification of key research questions and engaging scientists new to mind-body science to address questions of relevance to health.

UCL International Institute for Society and Health
The UCL International Institute for Society and Health is a unique multidisciplinary collaboration of leading academics, working on health and society in a global context in conjunction with the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) [] established by WHO. The Institute brings together renowned leaders in the disciplines of Anthropology, Development, Economics, Epidemiology, Medicine and Sociology from different UCL departments, to work collaboratively on global health problems.

Unnatural Causes — Is inequality making us sick?
Unnatural Causes is a seven part documentary series exploring conditions contributing to racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health with accompanying resources for taking action.

Whitehall Study of British Civil Servants
The Whitehall II study was set up to investigate the importance of social class, psychosocial factors and life style as determinants of disease by following a cohort of 10,308 men and women. The study began by looking at the health of working people. Looking towards the future, the study seeks to answer questions about how previous and current circumstances affect health and quality of life in an ageing cohort.

World Health Organization
WHO, the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system, is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, and providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.


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