Exploring Physical Health of African Americans: A Social Determinant Model

Michael A. Robinson, Tyrone Cheng

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The objective was to examine the relationships between socioeconomic, structural, community, and individual factors and health outcomes of African Americans in the United States using a modified version of the social determinants of health model in a nationally representative sample of 2,926 non-elderly African American adults. This empirical evidence supports the hypothesis that there is a positive relationship between socioeconomic/structural determinants and health outcomes of African Americans. Results show poor housing and low income contribute to poorer health outcomes; therefore, in order to improve the health outcome, programs are needed that provide their residents with adequate and safe housing and employment. Moreover, local, state, and federal governmental entities need to work together to rebuild and revitalize the housing in African American communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)899-909
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Issue number8
StatePublished - 17 Nov 2014


  • African Americans
  • National Survey of American Life
  • Social determinants of health
  • health outcomes
  • quantitative


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