Sociology faculty at VCU represent a diverse body of scholars united by a commitment to improving the social, physical and material health of individuals living in local and global communities through student engagement and community engaged research. Our work takes us into local communities to understand the production of culture and the impact of local values and beliefs on the lives of community members. We travel abroad to compare diverse health practices including food production and systems of medical care with our own national systems. Our work seeks to understand the way in which these systems produce and reproduce structures of inequality in an effort to improve human health at multiple levels.