Social Determinants and Health Equity

Access to healthcare and well designed healthcare delivery systems are only part of the solution for improving population health. Broader approaches addressing social, economic and environmental factors that affect health are also needed.

A recent issue brief from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Beyond Health Care: The Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health Equity, explores the importance in addressing these social determinants of health such as economic stability, the neighborhood and physical environment, education, and community and social context. The authors go on to discuss approaches for addressing this important area of health care.

Read the issue brief.