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Social Determinants of Health

The World Health Organization defines Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) as: The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems.

Here are a few resources you can use to better understand and communicate how factors such as the economy, education, transportation, affect health outcomes.
Pennsylvania State Health Improvement Plan 2015-2020