Gender and health inequities: A comment on the Final Report of the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health

Lisa Michelle Bates, Olena Hankivsky, Kristen W. Springer

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Abstract

The Final Report of the World Health Organization (WHO) Commission on the Social Determinants of Health is a substantial and important contribution to understanding the social factors that shape global health inequities. Although gender is highlighted as a key social determinant of health, the report's conceptual approach inappropriately equates gender and health with women's health. This essay discusses the analytic and policy implications of this shortcoming.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1002-1004
Number of pages3
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Volume69
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

Keywords

  • Commission on Social Determinants of Health
  • Gender
  • Health inequities
  • WHO

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