Social capital includes several constructs associated with the residential environment, including social cohesion, volunteerism, social participation, and neighborliness. It has been associated with multiple health outcomes, including cancer screenings, mental health, and stress. Kensington is a Philadelphia neighborhood struggling with unemployment, poverty, drugs, and crime. Using the Public Health Management Corporation 2012 and 2015 Household Health Survey results and a multivariable linear regression, we explored the relationship between social capital and health outcomes in Kensington to inform a primary data collection, to be used to improve community health by addressing social determinants and intense interpersonal programming. We found 11 of 47 variables to be statistically significant with social capital, but, surprisingly, overall health status had a negative association. These results are important to the creation of a primary data collection tool and highlight the benefit of community-based health research.
Recommended CitationUrban, Terezia, "Association Between Health and Social Capital in Kensington, Philadelphia" (2017). Master of Public Health Thesis and Capstone Presentations. Presentation 228.