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Summer 2018


Medical geography -- Oregon, Health status indicators, Medical care -- Oregon -- Regional disparities


Our ability to lead a fulfilling life and pursue our goals is largely shaped by our health. Although we experience these conditions such as illness and disabilities at a very personal level, factors outside of our control are often what determines our health. Known as the Social Determinants of Health, where we are born, work, live, and spend our lives is considered equally if not more important to our health status than medical care and personal health behaviors. As a result, certain communities and populations disproportionately experience burdens. Identifying and increasing awareness of health disparities is an essential step toward improving the health status of all Metro-area residents.


Originally appeared in the Summer 2018 edition of Metroscape, published by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, Portland State University.

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