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Structural Determinants of Health Resource Guide

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Welcome to the Structural Determinants of Health Resource Guide. This guide is created by SMU's Structural Determinants of Health Curricular Integration Task Force in 2018 to highlight resources on this topic. This group has intentionally combined the theory social determinants of health and the structural competency framework. 

"The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels", (WHO, 2008). 

"Structural competency is a new framework for understanding and responding to the inequalities that make individuals and populations sick. This framework analyzes institutional and structural hierarchies and discrimination in order to confront the ways these lead to sickness and disease", (Structural Competency Working Group, 2016). 

Structural Determinants of Health Curricular Integration Task Force: Brandy BeazleyLeia CaseyMiriam EisenhardtSusan ForsythMarjorie Hammer, Mary McCall, Uzo NwankpaShirley Strong, and Cynthia Stacy.

How To Use This Guide

The purpose of this guide highlights a curated list of print and electronic related resources available to you through the SMU libraries system and beyond. Use the tabs to locate resources on various subjects related to the structural determinants of health, social determinants of health and structural competencies. 

In this research guide, you will learn find:

  • Background information, including information on theories, methodologies, biographies, and professional organizations. 
  • Journals and peer-reviewed articles. 
  • News and magazine articles. 
  • Youtube videos, Ted Talks, and documentaries.