CDC Research on SDOH

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Research by CDC authors on a range of SDOH topics expands the scientific evidence that will help build the pathway to health equity. Based on specified criteria, the following list of recently published peer-reviewed articles is organized into categories as described in the Healthy People 2020 place-based frameworkExternal.

Economic Stability: This list includes CDC research and other journal articles that reflect the connection between the financial resources people have (e.g., income, cost of living, and socioeconomic status) and their health. This domain includes key issues such as poverty, employment, food security, and housing stability.

Education: This list includes CDC research and other journal articles that reflect the connection between education and health and well-being. This domain includes key issues such as graduating from high school graduation, enrollment in higher education, educational attainment in general, language and literacy, and early childhood education and development.

Social and Community Context: This list includes CDC research and other journal articles that reflect the connection between characteristics of the contexts within which people live, learn, work, and play, and their health and well-being. Articles cover such topics as cohesion within a community, civic participation, discrimination, conditions in the workplace, and incarceration.

Health and Healthcare: This list includes CDC research and other journal articles that reflect the connection between people’s access to and understanding of health services and their own health. This domain includes key issues such as access to healthcare, access to primary care, health insurance coverage, and health literacy.

Neighborhood and Built Environment: This list includes CDC research and other journal articles that reflect the connection between where a person lives (e.g., housing, neighborhood, and environment) and his or her health and well-being. Articles cover such topics as quality of housing, access to transportation, availability of healthy foods, quality of the water or air, and neighborhood crime and violence.

General SDOH Topics and Methods: This list includes CDC-authored research articles that focus broadly on SDOH or on SDOH-related areas that do not neatly fit under HP2020 social determinants of health domains.  Articles cover such topics as methodologies, strategies, measurements and policies.

Page last reviewed: December 14, 2017