Why do some individuals experience more positive health outcomes than others? The answer lies not only in genetics, personal choices, or luck, but rather a complex mix of factors within the circumstances of a person’s life. These factors, termed “social determinants of health (SDOH)” are defined as “conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks” (U.S.Department of Health and Human Services, 2019, Understanding Social Determinants of Health section, para 1).

Access the Knowledge to Action Brief at https://sdsusocialpolicyinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Knowledge-to-Action-Breif_FY-19.20_Equity-and-the-Social-Determinants-of-Health_12.10.19.pdf


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