Social Determinants of Health

Social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. They include socioeconomic status, education, the physical environment, employment, and social support networks, as well as access to health care. Healthcare providers are increasingly responsible for reaching population health goals while reducing costs and need strategies to identify upstream socioeconomic drivers of poor outcomes and higher costs. Some effective strategies include:
  • Screening patients to identify social needs
  • Collecting and analyzing social determinants of health (SDOH) data and using it to inform interventions
  • Collocating services or strengthening partnerships with other community agencies and organizations that serve the same populations
  • Integrating home visits in the PCMH
  • Assertive case management designed to meet a variety of patient needs 

Social Determinants of Health Resources

National Center for Medical-Legal Partnerships
Screening for Health Harming Legal Needs National Center for Medical-Legal Partnerships
Information Sharing for Medical-Legal Partnerships National Center for Medical-Legal Partnerships


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