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Closing the gap in a generation

Closing the Gap in a Generation: Health Equity Through Action on the Social Determinants of Health is the final report of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health. The evidence reviewed demonstrates that health is determined in large part by the political, social, and economic forces that shape the conditions in which they grow, live, work, and age. The report argues that avoidable health inequalities are unjust, and provides three overarching recommendations to improve health equity: 1) improve daily living conditions; 2) tackle the inequitable distribution of power, money, and resources; and 3) measure and understand the problem and assess the impact of action. 

Use this resource to:

  • Reflect on the overarching recommendations and principles of action offered by the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health
  • Inform the development of policies, programs, and practices to improve health equity

Commission on Social Determinants of Health. (2008). Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health. Retrieved from World Health Organization website:

Tags: Critical works in health equity, Key concepts, Document

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