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Neighborhood Effects on Children Health and Access to Care

a PSC Research Project

Investigator:   Narayan Sastry

This project will use data from a longitudinal survey in Los Angeles County, California, to test several hypotheses about the role of family and neighborhood environments in producing disparities by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status in four key child health conditions: asthma, obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Asthma and obesity are among the most common health problems for children and adolescents in the U.S. Each condition appears to be significantly implicated in the development of the other. Increased obesity is also associated with prevalence of Type-2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome among children. These conditions can have serious consequences for shorter and longer term health. Prevalence of these conditions has increased dramatically in the past two decades and disproportionately affects racial/ethnic minority and poor children. Both prevention and treatment require a deeper understanding than now available of the social and physical environmental factors underlying these conditions, particularly among disadvantaged and race/ethnic minority children. The goal of this study is to significantly advance our knowledge about the relative importance of specific neighborhood and family characteristics in the development of these major child health problems.

Funding Period: 09/01/2007 to 08/31/2011

Country of Focus: USA

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