Hospitals and the Social Determinants of Health

Recently, the American Hospital Association (AHA) released a one-page strategic document for its members to use in understanding and addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH). The document – Emerging Strategies to Ensure Health Care Services: Addressing Social Determinants of Health — provides three general strategies hospitals can use, briefly defines the SDOH, and discusses policy options that could assist hospitals in making a difference in community health.

The new guide was developed as one of several resources outlining various SDOH and how hospitals can respond. Currently, the series includes Housing and Food Insecurity with others planned for development.

Learn more about Community Health Initiatives from the AHA.