CDC Programs Addressing Social Determinants of Health

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Programs across CDC recognize the importance of SDOH to the health of populations. These programs work across sectors such as housing, education, and transportation and in partnership with communities, because working together can have a greater health impact than working alone. The following CDC programs specifically include SDOH:

  • Built Environment and Health Initiative: Designing and Building Healthy Places
    • This initiative works to improve public health by: linking public health surveillance with community design decisions; improving community design decisions through tools such as Health Impact Assessments; educating decision makers on the health impact of community design; building partnerships with community design decision makers and their influencers; conducting research to identify the links between health and community design; and translating research into best practices.
  • Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP)
    • This program aims to prevent childhood lead poisoning and is committed to the Healthy People goals of reducing blood lead levels in children and eliminating differences in average risk based on race/ethnicity and social class.
    • CDC CLPPP funds state and local programs through cooperative agreements to support childhood lead poisoning prevention activities including strengthening: blood lead testing and reporting, surveillance, linking children to recommended follow-up services, and targeted population-based interventions.
    • The CDC CLPPP partners with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other agencies to reach the shared goal of eliminating childhood lead poisoning as a public health problem.
  • Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education (CSPECE)
    • The CSPECE program aims to protect the health of children where they learn and play to reduce the risk of being exposed to dangerous environmental exposures during their care. CSPECE provides a framework to help professionals adopt practices and encourage better choices about where early care and education (ECE) programs are located. The Set It Up Safe Planning Toolpdf icon includes recommendations to consider before choosing a location for a new ECE program.
  • Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC)
    • The GHWIC program is chronicled in this collection of articles in The program strives to incorporate tribal wisdom to protect and promote physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing and works upstream, addressing drivers of poor health through culturally appropriate practices. GHWIC also aims to address disease-specific funding limitations, often confined to a small number of recipients. GHWIC’s holistic approach was able to reach more deeply and widely into Indian Country. Ultimately, GHWIC aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity and other chronic disease risk factors and conditions and to reduce rates of death and disability from commercial tobacco use, diabetes, and heart disease and stroke.
  • The National Comprehensive Cancer Control (NCCCP) Program– Cross-Cutting Priorities
    • The NCCCP incorporates cross-cutting priorities in their strategies and approaches which include access to resources that support policy, systems, and environmental improvements as well as translation of scientific and evaluation studies that advance cancer prevention, early detection and treatment, survivorship, and health equity.
  • National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) external icon
    • NLAPH is a 1-year leadership training program that uses a multi-sector team approach to resolve public health problems within communities. The program includes webinars, a retreat, coaching support, peer networking, and an applied population health project.
  • The National Program to Eliminate Diabetes-Related Disparities in Vulnerable Populations
    • This program helps six organizations plan, develop, implement, and evaluate multi-sector community-based interventions to work on social, cultural, economic, and environmental issues that influence health disparities associated with diabetes.
  • Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH)
    • PICH was a 3-year initiative that supported implementing evidence-based strategies to improve the health of communities and reduce the prevalence of chronic disease. PICH built on a body of knowledge developed through previously funded CDC programs. The initiative encouraged collaborations with a multi-sectoral coalition to implement sustainable changes in communities where people live, learn, work, and play. Fact sheets and learnings from this effort are available, including information on grantees.
  • Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Program
    • The PRC program is a network of academic health centers that conduct applied public health prevention research to improve health outcomes of populations experiencing health disparities. PRCs use community engagement approaches to fill critical gaps in public health science and to identify effective strategies to address health disparities in underserved communities. Many of these strategies address public health priorities such as economic stability, education, and built environment.
  • Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)
    • REACH is a national program administered by CDC aimed at reducing racial and ethnic disparities in health. REACH awardees bring together members of the community to establish community-based programs and culturally tailored interventions serving African Americans, American Indians, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, Alaska natives, and Pacific Islanders.
  • Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities
    • The Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities Project identifies, and addresses health disparities and inequities faced by people with disabilities. The project bridges state disability and health efforts and community engagement by addressing physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use and exposure. The project does this through multi-sectoral community coalitions and infusion of state-level disability expertise and resources to help accelerate local improvements. A list of success stories can be found on the website.
  • State Level Implementation of the Essentials for Childhood Framework
    • This program provides funding to five state health departments to implement the five strategies in the Essentials for Childhood framework. The framework describes evidence-based strategies that communities can use to create environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive.
  • STRYVE: Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere
    • This national initiative aims to prevent youth violence before it starts. The website provides training, research, and data on violence prevention, and interactive workspaces that communities can use to build a coalition of community partners and work together to prevent youth violence. STRYVE provides resources for communities to understand the complementary roles and approaches of different sectors, such as education, law enforcement, and community planning, in addressing youth violence.

For additional information on CDC’s SDOH-related funding opportunities, visit CDC’s Procurement and Grants Office website. This site offers resources on pre-award information related to eligibility, the application process, pre-award links and forms, and current Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs).

For questions or additional information, email sdoh@cdc.gov .

Page last reviewed: August 19, 2020