Social Determinants of Health (SDH), as defined by the World Health Organization, are “the circumstances in which people are born, grow up, live, work and age, and the systems put in place to deal with illness. These circumstances are in turn shaped by a wider set of forces: economics, social policies, and politics.” Examples of social determinants of health include: employment, housing, food security, literacy, access to transportation, and education level. According to Healthy People 2020, the social determinants of health can be subdivided into five key areas:
- Economic Stability
- Social and Community Context
- Health and Health Care
- Neighborhood and Built Environment
The SDH Program at Partnership works in collaboration with key partners throughout the health system and within the community to target social determinants of health. Through working across sectors in various roles, PHC is working to alleviate social determinants of health and impact the health outcomes of our members and the communities we serve.
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