Achieving Health Equity through the Social Determinants of Health

Addressing the Social Determinants of Health: Why it Matters

A slide deck from Terry Allan, Cuyahoga County's Health Commissioner and SLF Trustee, on the Social Determinants of Health.

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What Do Foundations Have In Mind With The Phrase “Social Determinants of Health”?

"Foundations with a mission to improve health are heeding this call to address the social determinants of health (SDOH). Rather than focusing solely on improving health care and increasing healthy behaviors, a growing number of health foundations have developed strategies to reduce poverty, increase high school graduation rates, improve parenting, expand public transportation, reduce homelessness, increase civic engagement, and achieve a variety of other outcomes within the realm of SDOH."

A New Way to Talk About the Social Determinants of Health

A framework to effectively describe the social determinants of health in plain language, including key phrases to help people understand the concept more clearly and effective ways to use data to support these messages. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2010)

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Social Connectedness: Evaluating the Healthy People 2020 Framework

An in-depth analysis of social connectedness as a social determinant of health, including personal and community factors, and strategies for both assessing and facilitating social connectedness. (Minnesota Department of Health, July 2010)

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How does economic and social disadvantage affect health?

Discusses how economic and social disadvantage affects health through indirect and direct mechanisms, and describes policy approaches to improve health and reduce health inequities by addressing the social determinants of health. (Institute for Research on Poverty, 2016-17)

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A new approach to reduce infant mortality and achieve equity

Describes how factors beyond medical care affect health in the context of infant mortality, focusing on housing, transportation, education and employment. Assesses the extent to which current policies and programs meet the needs of Ohioans most at risk. Identifies lessons learned from other states that have successfully reduced infant mortality rates, including innovative ideas to address the social determinants of health. Offers specific, actionable and evidence-informed policy options that state and local policymakers can employ to address unmet needs and inequities. (Health Policy Institute of Ohio)

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Health Equity

Closing Ohio's Health Gaps: Moving towards Equity

HPIO's new policy brief provides data and information on Ohio's health gaps and barriers groups of Ohioans face to being healthy. The brief provides examples of evidence-based approaches to close Ohio's health gaps and a framework for action to achieve health equity at the community level.