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Conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes.1 These conditions are known as social determinants of health (SDOH).

We know that poverty limits access to healthy foods and safe neighborhoods and that more education is a predictor of better health.2,3,4 We also know that differences in health are striking in communities with poor SDOH such as unstable housing, low income, unsafe neighborhoods, or substandard education.5,6 By applying what we know about SDOH, we can not only improve individual and population health but also advance health equity.7,8 Healthy People 2020 highlights the importance of addressing SDOH by including “create social and physical environments that promote good health for all” as one of the four overarching goals for the decade. (See FAQs for reference materials .)

This website provides CDC resources for SDOH data, tools for action, programs, and policy. They may be used by people in public health, community organizations, and health care systems to assess SDOH and improve community well-being.

Spotlight: Advancing the Science and Practice of Health Equity

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Learn more about cross-cutting efforts that advance the science and practice of health equity in a special supplement to the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice. The supplement captures lessons related to data and measurement, program elements and implementation, policies to support health equity, and the infrastructure needed to ensure health equity is integrated across programs. It offers examples from state health departments and insightful commentaries and editorials that raise questions, issues, and opportunities to enhance impact.

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