July 2022

Social Determinants of Health Are Our Life Circumstances

ODPHP Director RADM Paul Reed, MD

Social determinants of Health (SDOH) form the dynamic context for what we experience in our everyday lives. They are not abstract concepts — they are our life circumstances. These circumstances have a major impact on people’s health, well-being, quality of life, resilience, and opportunity to thrive. Yet, as defined, SDOH exist largely outside the healthcare and public health sectors. From this perspective, we need to expand the circles where conversations about improving SDOH take place: to be more inclusive so that all sectors are at the table, empowered and invested in the plan for action that will make us a healthier nation.

August National Health Observances: Immunization, Children’s Eye Health and Safety, and Breastfeeding

National Health Observances

Each month we highlight National Health Observances (NHOs) that align with our mission to improve health across the United States. To help you spread the word, we also provide links to resources that you can use to promote these NHOs. This month, we’re raising awareness about immunization, children’s eye health, and breastfeeding.