Health Equity Research

Staff at CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) work collaboratively with scientists, community members, policy makers, health care providers, and other groups to conduct studies on research topics related to health equity, social determinants of health, and chronic disease prevention.

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Featured Research

Cancer Research

Read how NCCDPHP’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control conducts and supports studies to reduce the burden of cancer and eliminate health disparities.

Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Monitoring and Research

Explore how NCCDPHP’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity uses data to guide health equity strategies.


The following is a list of selected publications on health equity with one or more NCCDPHP authors. For a comprehensive list of CDC publications related to other topics, please see CDC Publications.

Featured Publication

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a long and tragic public health crisis. As we emerge from the pandemic, there is a critical need for public health organizations, including CDC, to consider social determinants of health (SDOH) as they address existing inequities and improve health across our nation. In this article, NCCDPHP’s Dr. Karen Hacker shares her perspective on CDC’s current efforts and upcoming opportunities to advance SDOH.

Hacker K, Houry D. Social needs and social determinants: the role of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health. Public Health Rep. 2022;137(6).

Dr. Karen Hacker
Selected Publications

NCCDPHP authors’ names are boldfaced.

Hacker K, Alleyne E, Plescia M. Public health approaches to social determinants of health: Getting Further Faster. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2021:0127(5):526–528. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000001410. PMID: 34292912.

Hacker K, Auerbach J, Ikeda R, Philip C, Houry D; SDOH Task Force. Social determinants of health—an approach taken at CDC. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2022;28(6):589–594. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000001626

Hacker K, Briss P. An ounce of prevention is still worth a pound of cure, especially in the time of COVID-19. Prev Chronic Dis. 2021 Jan 7;18:E03. doi: 10.5888/pcd18.200627. PMID: 33411667; PMCID: PMC7845547.

Hacker K, Briss P, Richardson L, Wright J, Petersen R. COVID-19 and chronic disease: the impact now and in the future. Prev Chronic Dis. 2021 Jun 17;18:E62. doi: 10.5888/pcd18.210086. PMID: 34138696; PMCID: PMC8220960.

Hayes DK, Jackson SL, Li Y, Wozniak G, Tsipas S, Hong Y, Thompson-Paul AM, Wall HK, Gillespie C, Egan BM, Ritchey MD, Loustalot F. Blood Pressure control among non-Hispanic Black adults is lower than non-Hispanic White adults despite similar treatment with antihypertensive medication: NHANES 2013–2018. Am J Hypertens. 2022;35(6):514–525. doi: 10.1093/ajh/hpac011

Jack L Jr. Advancing health equity, eliminating health disparities, and improving population health. Prev Chronic Dis. 2021 Aug 12;18:E79. doi: 10.5888/pcd18.210264. PMID: 34387187; PMCID: PMC8388204.

Ji X, Cox S, Grosse SD, Barfield WD, Armour BS, Courtney-Long EA, Li R. Association of smoke-free laws with preterm or low birth weight deliveries—a multistate analysis. Health Serv Res. 2021;56(1):61–72. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.13552.

MacLeod KE, Chapel JM, McCurdy M, Minaya-Junca J, Wirth D, Onwuanyi A, Lane RI. The implementation cost of a safety-net hospital program addressing social needs in Atlanta. Health Serv Res. 2021;56(3):474–485. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.13629

Saraiya M, Cheung LC, Soman A, Mix J, Kenney K, Chen X, Perkins RB, Schiffman M, Wentzensen N, Miller J. Risk of cervical precancer and cancer among uninsured and underserved women from 2009 to 2017. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2021;224(4):366.e1–366.e32. doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2020.10.001

Scott LC, Bartley S, Dowling NF, Richardson LC. Finding “Bright Spots”: Using Multiple Measures to Examine Local-Area Racial Equity in Cancer Mortality Outcomes. Am J Epidemiol. 2021;190(4):673–680. doi:10.1093/aje/kwaa228