Chronic disease, disability, and early death are destructive forces in individual lives and in whole communities. Their toll is high-and they do not strike at random. A large body of evidence indicates that socioeconomic status (SES) is a strong predictor of health. Better health is associated with having more income, more years of education, and a more prestigious job, as well as living in neighborhoods where a higher percentage or residents have higher incomes and more education.

The Network on Socioeconomic Status and Health's research agenda, established in 1997, has stimulated additional research in diverse fields, has contributed data to discussions of economic and social policy, and has provided a basis for social and medical interventions to foster better health among individuals and communities.The Network’s investigators are drawn from the fields of psychology, sociology, psychoimmunology, medicine, epidemiology, neuroscience, biostatistics, and economics.

Health, Policy, Research, United States