Achieving Health Equity through the Social Determinants of Health

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

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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Finding Leverage Over the Social Determinants of Health

An analysis of the strategic frameworks of 33 health conversion foundations addressing social and economic issues through the social determinants of health. (Wake Forest School of Medicine, 2018)

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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 Conceptual Framework for Action on the Social Determinants of Health

A review of different frameworks for understanding the social determinants of health synthesized into a single framework, with health equity as a guiding principle; identifies elements of policy directions for action. (World Health Organization, 2010)

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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

Measuring What Works to Achieve Health Equity

Provides a framework for understanding how disparities in health outcomes are produced and how health equity can be achieved by addressing the determinants of health and delineates a set of metrics that could reflect progress toward achieving health equity. Metrics that measure and track progress on the determinants of health can help set priorities and inform necessary actions to keep all Americans healthy, lower the cost of healthcare, increase productivity, improve quality of life, and ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to prosper and achieve his or her full potential. (Prevention Institute, 2015)

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