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ASA Co-Sponsors Health Briefing on Capitol Hill

Evidence continues to accumulate that social influences can have a profound effect on health. Numerous recent reports of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) (see table) and one from the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) were aimed at explicating these pathways and in setting a course for behavioral and social sciences research at the NIH.

This message was too important to be locked away in scholarly reports and discussed exclusively in academic circles, and, as a result, the American Sociological Association (ASA), as part of the Coalition for the Advancement of Health through Behavioral and Social Science Research, organized a Congressional briefing for policymakers, their staffs, and federal agency representatives. The briefing, entitled “Promoting Health in a Stressful World,” was sponsored by Congresswoman Connie Morella in whose district the NIH sits.

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