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Strategies to address social determinants of health

Monday, January 01, 0001

The World Health Organization defines social determinants of health (SDOH) as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels. The SDOH are mostly responsible for health inequities - the unfair and avoidable differences in health status. For example, poverty limits access to healthy foods and safe neighborhoods; education is a predictor of better health; and clear health disparities are experienced in communities with unstable housing, low income, unsafe neighborhoods, or substandard education.​

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