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Extrinsic factors that affect health and wellbeing

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The differences that make a difference in health outcomes.

Our members conduct research in medicine, population health, and the social and natural sciences to increase our understanding of the conditions that promote inequalities in health and wellbeing across the lifecourse. This includes the social vulnerabilities that put people at risk (e.g. income poverty, discrimination, crime, food insecurity, inadequate housing and nutrition), environmental exposures that those from resource-poor areas may be disproportionately exposed to (e.g. air pollution, poor water quality, exposure to toxic chemicals or metals from industrial or agricultural sources, noise pollution), as well as the interactions amongst various factors.