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Syndemics Overview

The term syndemic refers to the phenomenon of linked afflictions.  Scholars and practitioners have long observed interactions among disease processes, but it wasn’t until the early 1990s that anthropologist Merrill Singer suggested that empirical connections among epidemics might signify the existence of a higher-order phenomenon--a syndemic.  The links below introduce some of the ideas and methods that are involved in exploring a syndemic orientation for public health. 

A more extensive, case-based discussion of this topic and its implications for transforming public health work is available in the monograph entitled, Hygeia's Constellation: Navigating Health Futures in a Dynamic and Democratic World.

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Suggested citation:
Milstein B. Introduction to the Syndemics Prevention Network. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2002. Available at <>.

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