The Social Determinants of Health

Our Track Record:

The Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) 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. The NWHN has often made the connection between health and various social determinants, such as a polluted environment, racism, access to high quality health care in the community, and more. 

What’s Next:

The NWHN will be taking a more comprehensive and intentional approach to addressing the social determinants of health via our policy portfolio, as often, these determinants are also the root causes of the health issues we’ve long been working on. Specifically, we’ll be digging deep into the impact of racism and interpersonal violence (also known as domestic violence or intimate partner violence) on our nation’s short and long-term health.  

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Social Determinants of Health

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  • Improve SDOH and equity across the nation
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