An infographic introduction to social determinants of health

Learn about social determinants of health and why they’re key to fighting health disparities resulting from inequity.

When it comes to a patient’s health, influencing factors are more than just what happens in the body. A person’s environment can also have a powerful impact on health outcomes. For example, whether a person lives in a community flush with grocery stores and healthy food options or, by contrast, in a food desert, may significantly affect their well-being.

These non-medical factors that can alter a patient’s health status are known as social determinants of health (SDOH). Due to their importance, policy makers and providers are keenly focused on documenting them when care is provided. The infographic below breaks down the basics of SDOH and why their capture is critical.

For a deeper dive on the intricacies of identifying, categorizing, and analyzing SDOH data, check out our white paper, Focus on health disparities.

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