Social Determinants of Health Accelerator Plans

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to announce that 20 recipients across the country have been awarded funding through the Closing the Gap with Social Determinants of Health Accelerator Plans. The conditions in which we are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age—known as social determinants of health (SDOH)—have a profound impact on health. They influence the opportunities available to us to practice healthy behaviors, enhancing or limiting our ability to live healthy lives.  Chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes, and obesity are the leading causes of death and disabilities. Differences in SDOH contribute to the stark and persistent chronic disease disparities in the United States among racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, systematically limiting opportunities for members of some groups to be healthy.

This funding was provided to help accelerate actions in state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions that lead to improved chronic disease outcomes among persons experiencing health disparities and inequities. The 20 SDOH Accelerator Plan award recipients are shown below:

SDOH Accelerator Plans Recipient Map
US map with SDoH accelerator plans recipients as shown in list below

SDOH Accelerator Plans Recipient List

Arkansas Department of Health (state government, Little Rock, AR)
Catchment area: Crittenden County, AR

City & County of San Francisco (county government, San Francisco, CA)
Catchment area: San Francisco, CA

Contra Costa Health Services Department (county government, Martinez, CA)
Catchment area: City of Pittsburg and the unincorporated community of Bay Point, CA

Florida Department of Health (state government, Tallahassee, FL)
Catchment area: Griffin Heights in Tallahassee, FL

Hawaii State Department of Health (state government, Honolulu, HI)
Catchment area: all four counties of Hawaii

Iowa Department of Public Health (state government, Des Moines, IA)
Catchment area: Oakridge neighborhood, the largest section 8 community in Des Moines, IA

Aroostook County Action Program Inc. (non-profit, Presque Isle, ME)
Catchment area: Aroostook County, ME

County of St. Louis (county government, Duluth, MN)
Catchment area: Lincoln Park neighborhood, Duluth, MN

Minnesota Department of Health (state government, St. Paul, MN)
Catchment area: Nobles County, MN

City of St. Louis (city government, St. Louis MO)
Catchment area: north St. Louis; southeast St. Louis, MO

Public Health Authority of Cabarrus County (county government, Kannapolis, NC)
Catchment area: Cabarrus County, NC

City of Long Branch (city government, Long Branch, NJ)
Catchment area: Long Branch, NJ

Cherokee Nation (tribal government, Tahlequah, OK)
Catchment area: Adair, Cherokee, Delaware, Mayes, and Sequoyah Counties, OK

Neighbors Building Neighborhoods of Muskogee, Inc. (non-profit, Muskogee, OK)
Catchment area: rural Muskogee County, OK

City of Portland (city government, Portland, OR)
Catchment area: west Portland town center, Portland, OR

Crook County Health Department (county government, Prineville, OR)
Catchment area: seven rural communities in central Oregon

Allegheny County (county government, Pittsburgh, PA)
Catchment area: Allegheny County, PA

Rhode Island Department of Health (state government, Providence, RI)
Catchment area: health equity zones in Pawtucket/Central Falls, RI

Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (county government, Nashville, TN)
Catchment area: City of Nashville and Davidson county, TN

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (state government, Madison, WI)
Catchment area: Milwaukee County, WI

CDC is excited to award these funds to accelerate uptake of proven public health strategies that will reduce the burden of chronic disease among people experiencing health disparities and inequities. Interventions that focus on SDOH have tremendous potential to narrow disparities across many chronic diseases by removing systemic and unfair barriers to practicing healthy behaviors. By addressing SDOH, we make progress toward health equity, a state in which every person has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health.

Visit our Social Determinants of Health page to learn more about our efforts.

Page last reviewed: September 15, 2021