In 2004, researchers at City University of New York and the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor created The Corporations and Health Project based at Hunter College, City University of New York. Our mission is to assess the impact of corporate practices on population health and to inform public health policies and practices that can reduce the harm from such practices.
We analyze corporate practices that influence health and campaigns to change health-damaging practices across six industries: automobile food, alcohol, pharmaceutical, firearms and tobacco. The project began with an exploration of the interaction between advocacy campaigns and their industry opponents through in-depth case study research.
Corporations and Health Watch, whose website was launched in 2007, seeks to provide a forum where researchers, public health professionals, advocates and others can exchange information and compare strategies to reduce the harm from corporate practices across industries and countries. Ultimately, our goals are to identify the common characteristics of successful campaigns to change corporate practices, and to contribute to a growing movement to improve health by changing corporate practices.
Our publications include:
Freudenberg N, Galea S. The Impact of corporate practices on health and health policy. in Cohen, L, Chavez V, Chehimi S, eds. Prevention Is Primary: Strategies for Community Well Being. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010, pp181-204
Freudenberg N. Campaigns to change health-damaging corporate practices. In The Bottom Line or Public Health Tactics corporations use to influence health and healthy policy, and what we can do counter them. W. Wiist, editor. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. pp. 423-450.
Freudenberg N, Olden K. Finding synergy: reducing disparities in health by modifying multiple determinants. Am J Public Health. 2010;100 Suppl 1:S25-30.
Olden K, Ramos RM, Freudenberg N. To reduce urban disparities in health,strengthen and enforce equitably environmental and consumer laws. J Urban Health. 2009;86(6):819-24.
Freudenberg N, Galea S. Cities of consumption: the impact of corporate practices on the health of urban populations. J Urban Health.2008;85(4): 462-71.