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Neighborhoods and Risk of Diabetes Mellitus Person and Place or Person in Place?

Jeannie B. Concha, PhD, MPH1; Briana Mezuk, PhD1
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1Division of Epidemiology, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(12):2002. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.6686.
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To the Editor Christine and colleagues1 briefly comment on the implications of their findings for addressing income and racial disparities in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM),1 and the accompanying commentary discusses the limitations of only altering the environment to address disparities.2 Both articles acknowledge the potential link between neighborhoods and stress. However, we feel this notion is more nuanced than either article describes, and we want to use this opportunity to extend the conversation about how neighborhoods may contribute to T2DM disparities.

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December 1, 2015
Paul J. Christine, MPH; Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD
1Department of Epidemiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2School of Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(12):2002-2003. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.6689.
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