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Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) are “the structural determinants and conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.” They include factors like socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender, education, one’s physical environment, employment, social support, access to healthcare, as well as health literacy.  

National research reveals compelling evidence that the SDOH significantly impact patient outcomes, healthcare utilization and healthcare spend. Traditional healthcare involves very limited collection, integration and utilization of SDOH data while care teams rarely include community interventions into care pathways.

The “Significant Seven” Social Risk Factors

  • Social Support: How the availability of assistance from other people and the feeling that one is part of a supportive social network affect health and wellbeing

  • Housing: How the characteristics of dwellings within an area affects the health and wellbeing of people living there

  • Transportation: How the availability, accessibility and safety of transportation in a neighborhood affects health and wellbeing

  • Food Insecurity: How being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food affects health and wellbeing

  • Health Literacy: How the ability to obtain, read, understand and use healthcare information to make decisions and comply with treatment affects health and wellbeing

  • Economic Wellbeing: How income, employment, access to benefits and financial security affect health and wellbeing

  • Crime & Violence: How the prevalence of crime, violence and legal challenges in a neighborhood affects health and wellbeing

Population Health Strategy Starts Here

At Socially Determined, we believe that SDOH can be measured and that a new science must be created.  We are creating that science by partnering with data scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, and healthcare practitioners. We envision a future where SDOH risks are identified and quantified, potential interventions are scored and prioritized, and there exists an analytics-curated marketplace for community interventions. 

The Social Determinants of Health are around us everywhere.  They are the solution to better health and to better healthcare utilization.

Learn more about what we do.