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This timely resource, written by a team of authors who are working at the forefront of the public sociology movement, provides a contemporary analysis of public sociology. The book highlights a variety of ways in which sociology brings about social change in community settings, assists nonprofit and social service organizations in their work, and influences policy at the local, regional, and national levels. The book also spotlights sociology that informs the general public on key policy issues through media and creates research centers that develop and carry out collaborative research.

Case Studies 6. Health
Case studies 6. Health

While an individual's health is linked to a host of biological factors, sociological research shows that social factors also play an important role in a person's health. Among these are socioeconomic status, cultural beliefs and traditions, religion, the quality of available medical services, and the ability to access those services. Public sociologists today are using the power of their research to identify practices and policies that can improve health outcomes. Authors of the five case studies in this section have helped to reduce the risk of early pregnancy, found ways for local ministries to use assessment in their HIV/AIDS prevention work, developed local food systems to make healthier foods available to communities, challenged the power of insurance companies, ...

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