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Health Equity: How Opportunities for Health are Shaped by Race and Ethnicity [View Image]

Health Equity: How Opportunities for Health are Shaped by Race and Ethnicity

A report based on a previous center study, “Uneven Opportunities: How Conditions for Wellness Vary Across the Metropolitan Washington Region”, that examined the health of the community at the census tract level, focusing on life expectancy and the factors that shape health.Read More

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Mortality Studies

An analysis of mortality trends in California, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, and Virginia, with a special focus on specific causes driving increases in mortality, the characteristics of places in which mortality is increasing, and stress-related conditions, such as deaths from suicide, drug overdoses, and cardiovascular disease.Read More

Volunteerism in the East End [View Image]

Volunteerism in the East End

A study aiming to contribute to knowledge about the processes and impact of volunteering by examining the characteristics of neighborhood‐based and regional volunteers and organizations in Richmond, Virginia’s East End neighborhood.Read More

The Health of the States [View Image]

The Health of the States

A collaboration with the Urban Institute, the project is a detailed analysis comparing states on dozens of health measures and examining connections between 39 health outcomes and 123 drivers of health across five domains: health systems, health behaviors, socioeconomic conditions, the environment, and public policies and spending. Findings were published in a series of reports.Read More

The SEED Method for Stakeholder Engagement [View Image]

The SEED Method for Stakeholder Engagement

Testing of a framework for conceptualizing and prioritizing health-related research questions through collaborative, participatory, and consultative stakeholder engagement.Read More

Engaging Richmond [View Image]

Engaging Richmond

A community-academic partnership based in Richmond's East End, employing mixed methods research to explore the social and environmental factors that influence health. Read More

Calculating the Costs of Drug Addiction in the Commonwealth of Virginia [View Image]

Calculating the Costs of Drug Addiction in the Commonwealth of Virginia

A project to better understand the impact of the opioid epidemic, funded by The Virginia Department of Health Division of Prevention and Health Promotion, by assessing the economic repercussions of opioid-related deaths. Read More

For the Sake of All [View Image]

For the Sake of All: Advancing Systemic Changes to Promote Healthy School Environments

Research, development, and dissemination of a toolkit that facilitates inclusive, healthy school environmentsRead More

Healthy Communities for Youth [View Image]

Healthy Communities for Youth

Healthy Communities for Youth is a community-based intervention that focuses on youth violence prevention and education with at-risk neighborhoods within Richmond. Read More

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