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Karien Stronks, who graduated as a health scientist and political scientist, seeks to generate evidence on how the position of an individual in society impacts his/her health and – at the population level – leads to inequalities in health. More specifically, she has focused on understanding why health inequalities arise and how to effectively combat them. Since 2006, she has undertaken this task as Professor of Public Health at the Academic Medical Centre/University of Amsterdam/Amsterdam UMC.
Stronks has completed observational studies using a wide range of study designs (cross-sectional and prospective cohort studies, international comparative studies, questionnaire validation, qualitative studies) to map the mechanisms underlying socio-economic and ethnic inequalities in health, related to biomedical (e.g. cardiovascular risks) and behavioural factors (dietary habits, physical activity etc.), psychosocial factors (e.g. discrimination), and health care (e.g. adverse events). Furthermore, she has studied the effectiveness of possible strategies to prevent these inequalities from arising, through randomised controlled trials (e.g. culturally targeted behavioural intervention to prevent type 2 diabetes mellitus), natural experiments (e.g. effect of urban regeneration programme on mental health), developmental evaluations (e.g. role of a knowledge broker in development of public health policy at the local level) and process evaluations (e.g. on conditions for a successful development of intersectoral local health policy). She works with scientists from a wide range of disciplines, including social sciences (such as public administration, anthropology, sociology and ethics), epidemiology, health promotion, and clinical sciences (cardiology, psychiatry). Stronks’ training as both a social scientist and an epidemiologist enables her to cross boundaries between disciplines. Moreover, to ensure that her work is used to tackle health inequalities, she works closely with stakeholders in relevant policy sectors and public health practice, particularly at the municipal level.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
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1/06/2022 → 31/05/2024
Dynamics: Understanding the effects of chronic stress on the dynamics of the progression of diabetes
1/04/2022 → 31/03/2024
Unravelling the dynamics of depression in high-risk urban populations using a complex systems approach
2/03/2020 → …
To what extent do socioeconomic inequalities in SRH reflect inequalities in burden of disease? The HELIUS studyGalenkamp, H., van Oers, H. & Stronks, K., 1 Jan 2021, In: Journal of public health (Oxford, England). 42, 4, p. e412-e420
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Academic › peer-reviewOpen Access2 Citations (Scopus)
A System Dynamics and Participatory Action Research Approach to Promote Healthy Living and a Healthy Weight among 10–14-Year-Old Adolescents in Amsterdam: The LIKE ProgrammeWaterlander, W. E., Pinzon, A. L., Verhoeff, A., den Hertog, K., Altenburg, T., Dijkstra, C., Halberstadt, J., Hermans, R., Renders, C., Seidell, J., Singh, A., Anselma, M., Busch, V., Emke, H., van dan Eynde, E., van Houtum, L., Nusselder, W. J., Overman, M., van de Vlasakker, S., Vrijkotte, T., & 5 others, 2 Jul 2020, In: International journal of environmental research and public health. 17, 14, p. 1-18 18 p., 4928.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Academic › peer-reviewOpen Access26 Citations (Scopus)
Crielaard, L., Dutta, P., Quax, R., Nicolaou, M., Merabet, N., Stronks, K. & Sloot, P. M. A., 1 Sept 2020, In: Obesity Reviews. 21, 9, 17 p., e13044.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Academic › peer-reviewOpen Access12 Citations (Scopus)
Using the realist approach to unravel the complexity of health programmes: The evaluation of smoke-free school policies as a case studySchreuders, M., Stronks, K. & Kunst, A. E., 1 Jan 2021, In: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 75, 1, p. 51-55 5 p., 214027.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Academic › peer-review2 Citations (Scopus)
Higher prevalence of depressed mood in immigrants’ offspring reflects their social conditions in the host country: The HELIUS studyStronks, K., Şekercan, A., Snijder, M., Lok, A., Verhoeff, A. P., Kunst, A. E. & Galenkamp, H., Jun 2020, In: PLOS ONE. 15, 6, p. e0234006 15 p., e0234006.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Academic › peer-reviewOpen Access9 Citations (Scopus)