Public health research has shown a strong link between social capital and health. Social capital is defined as “features of social organization, such as networks, norms, and social trust, that facilitate coordination and cooperation for mutual benefit.” This report focuses on social risk factors and social capital to explore health disparities in Central Texas.
This report measures social capital across three domains and explores its relation to eight aspects of health for Central Texas residents. Key findings include:
- There is a strong correlation between social capital and health outcomes
- There are statistically significant effects of social capital across all health models
- There is a direct relationship between income and health (lower income is related to worse health)
- There are large disparities in social capital between groups reflecting historic inequities rooted in systemic racism