Social Determinants of Health: Know What Affects Health

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Social determinants of health (SDOH)external icon are conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health and quality-of life-risks and outcomes. Learn more about social determinants of health.

This website connects you to CDC resources for SDOH data, research, tools for action, programs, and policy. They may be used by people in public health, community organizations, research organizations, and health care systems to assess SDOH and improve community well-being. Information and tools available on this website were generated or funded by CDC within the last 10 years.

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Racism, both interpersonal and structural, negatively affects the mental and physical health of millions of people, preventing them from attaining their highest level of health, and consequently, affecting the health of our nation. CDC’s new web portal -- "Racism and Health" -- serves as a hub for the agency’s efforts and a catalyst for greater education and dialogue around these critical issues.

Page last reviewed: September 30, 2021