Equitably Addressing Social Determinants of Health and Chronic Diseases
Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the nonmedical factors that influence health outcomes.1,2 They are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping daily life. These forces and systems include, but are not limited to, economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies, racism, climate change, and political systems.
Learn more about innovative approaches at CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) to build healthier communities by reducing chronic diseases and related health disparities for population groups affected by health inequities.
Advancing Health Equity by Addressing the Social Determinants of Health
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- World Health Organization. Social determinants of health. Accessed August 1, 2022. https://www.who.int/health-topics/social-determinants-of-health#tab=tab_1
- US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Social determinants of health. Accessed August 24, 2022. https://health.gov/healthypeople/objectives-and-data/social-determinants-health
- Braveman P, Egerter S, Williams D. The social determinants of health: coming of age. Annu Rev Public Health. 2011;32:381–398. doi:10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031210-101218
- Braveman P, Gottlieb L. The social determinants of health: it’s time to consider the causes of the causes. Public Health Rep. 2014;129 Suppl 2(Suppl 2):19–31. doi:10.1177/00333549141291S206
- Braveman P, Gruskin S. Defining equity in health. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2003;57(4):254–258. doi:10.1136/jech.57.4.254