Healthy People 2030 has an increased focus on the social determinants of health (SDOH). Nationwide, our partners are focusing on SDOH, too.
Through programs, policies, and interventions, they’re working hard to improve the conditions in people’s environments. Their work helps reduce health disparities and improve health and well-being for all people.
Here are a few examples of the ways our partners are addressing SDOH.
The PhenX Social Determinants of Health Assessments Collection: This open-access resource from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities helps researchers measure “upstream” factors — like poverty and segregation — that influence health behaviors and health outcomes. The collection provides standard SDOH measures that help researchers examine SDOH across studies, with the goal of facilitating effective interventions to reduce disparities.
CDC Programs Addressing SDOH: Programs addressing SDOH across the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention span sectors and involve partnerships with communities. Examples include initiatives to prevent childhood lead poisoning, reduce health disparities related to diabetes, establish culturally tailored health interventions, and prevent youth violence.
The Buckhead Community’s Efforts to Reduce Violent Crime: In the Buckhead community of Atlanta, violent crime decreased after a group of residents and business leaders successfully pushed for strict enforcement of liquor laws and a reduction in alcohol outlet density.
Accessible Health Care for All in Massachusetts: With help from legal experts, the Boston Center for Independent Living negotiated to increase access to medical equipment for people with disabilities.
The Minneapolis Staple Foods Ordinance: The Minneapolis Health Department launched a program to help grocery stores — including corner stores, gas stations, dollar stores, and pharmacies — stock and sell healthy foods.
The Green Carts Initiative in New York City: The New York City Mayor’s Office and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene used policy change to increase access to and availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in underserved neighborhoods through mobile vendors.