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Social Determinants of Health

Explore Resources Related to the Social Determinants of Health

Nearly everyone is impacted by the social determinants of health in one way or another.  Healthy People 2020 organizes the social determinants of health around five key domains: (1) Economic Stability, (2) Education, (3) Health and Health Care, (4) Neighborhood and Built Environment, and (5) Social and Community Context.

To create effective programs, we must work collaboratively across sectors to address the unique needs of their community.  Below are a variety of resources, organized by domain, to help you get started and explore the ways communities across the country are addressing social determinants of health.

Economic Stability

Economic Stability

  • Poverty
  • Employment
  • Food Insecurity
  • Housing Instability
Education

Education

  • High School Graduation
  • Enrollment in Higher Education
  • Language and Literacy
  • Early Childhood Education and Development
Health and Health Care

Health and Health Care

  • Access to Health Care
  • Access to Primary Care
  • Health Literacy
Neighborhood and Built Environment

Neighborhood and Built Environment

  • Access to Foods that Support Healthy Eating Patterns
  • Quality of Housing
  • Crime and Violence
  • Environmental Conditions
Social and Community Context

Social and Community Context

  • Social Cohesion
  • Civic Participation
  • Discrimination
  • Incarceration

National, State, and Local Resources

Review these resources to see how others have worked to address and improve the social determinants of health across the Nation.

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HP2020 Social Determinants of Health Objectives

Explore these objectives to view national data and measurement details.

AH-3.1Increase the proportion of adolescents who have an adult in their lives with whom they can talk about serious problems
AH-5.1Increase the proportion of students who graduate with a regular diploma 4 years after starting 9th grade
LHI

Leading Health Indicators are a subset of Healthy People 2020 objectives selected to communicate high-priority health issues.

AH-5.3.1Increase the proportion of 4th grade students whose reading skills are at or above the proficient achievement level for their grade
AH-11.1Reduce the rate of minor and young adult perpetration of violent crimes
AH-11.2Reduce the rate of minor and young adult perpetration of serious property crimes
AHS-1.1Increase the proportion of persons with medical insurance
LHI

Leading Health Indicators are a subset of Healthy People 2020 objectives selected to communicate high-priority health issues.

AHS-3Increase the proportion of persons with a usual primary care provider
LHI

Leading Health Indicators are a subset of Healthy People 2020 objectives selected to communicate high-priority health issues.

AHS-5.1Increase the proportion of persons of all ages who have a specific source of ongoing care
AHS-6.1Reduce the proportion of persons who are unable to obtain or delay in obtaining necessary medical care, dental care, or prescription medicines
DH-17Increase the proportion of adults with disabilities who report sufficient social and emotional support
DH-20Increase the proportion of children with disabilities, birth through age 2 years, who receive early intervention services in home or community-based settings
EH-1Reduce the number of days the Air Quality Index (AQI) exceeds 100, weighted by population and AQI
LHI

Leading Health Indicators are a subset of Healthy People 2020 objectives selected to communicate high-priority health issues.

EH-8.1Reduce blood lead level in children aged 1–5 years
EH-9Minimize the risks to human health and the environment posed by hazardous sites
EH-19Reduce the proportion of occupied housing units that have moderate or severe physical problems
EMC-2.2Increase the proportion of parents who use positive communication with their child
EMC-2.3Increase the proportion of parents who read to their young child
HC/HIT-1.1Increase the proportion of persons who report their health care provider always gave them easy-to-understand instructions about what to do to take care of their illness or health condition
HC/HIT-1.2Increase the proportion of persons who report their health care provider always asked them to describe how they will follow the instructions
IVP-29Reduce homicides
LHI

Leading Health Indicators are a subset of Healthy People 2020 objectives selected to communicate high-priority health issues.

IVP-33Reduce physical assaults
IVP-42Reduce children’s exposure to violence
NWS-3Increase the number of States that have State-level policies that incentivize food retail outlets to provide foods that are encouraged by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
NWS-12Eliminate very low food security among children
NWS-13Reduce household food insecurity and in doing so reduce hunger
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Evidence-based Resources (EBR)

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Explore evidence-based resources and programs that address the social determinants of health.

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