Social Determinants of Health

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Closing the Gap with Health Accelerator Plans

The conditions in which we are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age—known as social determinants of health—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.

Differences in social determinants of health contribute to the stark and persistent chronic disease disparities among racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, systematically limiting opportunities for members of some groups to be healthy. Chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes, and obesity are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s  Closing the Gap with Social Determinants of Health Accelerator Plans grant funds 36 recipients to develop implementation-ready accelerator plans. The plans will help accelerate future actions in state, local, and tribal jurisdictions that prevent and reduce chronic diseases among people experiencing health disparities and inequities.

The plans will address at least two of the following priority areas:

  • Built environment – Human-made surroundings that influence overall community health and people’s behaviors that drive health.
  • Community-clinical linkages – Connections made between health care, public health, and community organizations to improve population health.
  • Food and nutrition security – Having reliable access to enough high-quality food to avoid hunger and stay healthy.
  • Social connectedness – The degree to which individuals or groups of individuals have and perceive a desired number, quality, and diversity of relationships that create a sense of belonging and being cared for, valued, and supported.
  • Tobacco-free policy – Population-based preventive measures to reduce tobacco use and tobacco-related illness and death.

Map: 2022-2023 Award Recipients

Closing the Gap With Social Determinants of Health Accelerator Plans

Map shows funding recipient locations, particular concentration of five locations in Kansas/Missouri and five in Iowa/Illinois

City of Jonesboro
(city government)
Catchment area: Craighead County, AR

County of Glenn
(county government)
Catchment area: Glenn County, CA

South El Monte
(city government)
Catchment area: South El Monte, CA

City of Miami
(city government)
Catchment area: Miami, FL

The Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah
(city government)
Catchment area: Savannah, GA

City of Rockford
(city government)
Catchment area: Winnebago County, IL

County of Peoria doing business as Peoria City/County Health Department
(county government)
Catchment area: Peoria County, IL

Ogle County Health Department
(county government)
Catchment area: Lee, Ogle, and Whiteside Counties (rural Northern Illinois), IL

Henderson County Rural Health Center, Inc
(county government)
Catchment area: Henderson, Mercer, McDonough, and Warren Counties in West Central Illinois. Des Moines County, IA

Johnson County doing business as Johnson County Public Health
(county government)
Catchment area: Johnson County, IA

County of Harvey
(county government)
Catchment area: Newton and North Newton, KS

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
(state government)
Catchment area: Barton and Montgomery County, KS

District Health Department #10
Catchment area: 10 rural counties in the northern Michigan region (Arenac, Clare, Isabella, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, and Gladwin)

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
(state government)
Catchment area: Michigan

Butler County Health Department
(county government)
Catchment area: Butler County, MO

City of Kansas City MO Health Dept
(city government)
Catchment area: Kansas City, MO

Clay County Public Health Center
(county government)
Catchment area: Communities that lie north of the Missouri River and includes Clay and Platte Counties, MO

Lewis and Clark County
(county government)
Catchment area: Lewis and Clark County, MT

New Hampshire Hunger Solutions, Inc.
(state government)
Catchment area: Coos County, Manchester, and Nashua, NH

Albany County Department of Health
(county government)
Catchment area: Albany County, NY

Cattaraugus Community Action
(county government)
Catchment area: Cattaraugus County, NY

Carolina Collaborative Community Care, Inc.
(county government)
Catchment area: Cumberland County, NC

Erie County Health Department
(county government)
Catchment area: Erie County, OH

Hamilton County General Health District
(county government)
Catchment area: Hamilton County, OH

Muscogee (Creek) Nation
(tribal government)
Catchment area: Creek, McIntosh, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, and portions of Wagoner, Tulsa, Rogers, Hughes, Seminole, and Mayes Counties, OK

Community Development Corporation of Oregon
(county government)
Catchment area: Multnomah County, OR

Sky Lakes Medical Center Foundation
(county government)
Catchment area: Rural Klamath, Modoc, and Siskiyou County, OR

Lackawanna County
(county government)
Catchment area: Lackawanna County, PA

Philadelphia Department of Public Health
(city government)
Catchment area: Philadelphia, PA

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
(state government)
Catchment area: Greenville County, SC

City of Laredo
(city government)
Catchment area: Webb County, TX

City of Lubbock
(city government)
Catchment area: North and East Side of Lubbock, TX

Tarrant County doing business as Tarrant County Public Health
(county government)
Catchment area: Tarrant County, TX

Utah Department of Health and Human Services
(state government)
Catchment area: South Salt Lake, UT

Commonwealth of Virginia
(city government)
Catchment area: Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
Catchment area: Two communities in the the Commonwealth of Virigina: The Prince William Health District and the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, VA