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Social Determinants of Health Resources


World Health Organization – Social determinants of health are “the circumstances in which people are born, grow up, live, work and age, and the systems put in place to deal with illness.”  An ever-increasing number of federal and state agencies, foundations, health-related organizations and communities are studying solutions for social determinants of health to better understand relationship to illness, health costs and vitality of the community.  In 2016-17 IHC partnered with the IA Primary Care Association and several others to examine SDOH, and develop tools and resources. Several of the links and videos below are Iowa related.

“The project described was supported by funding opportunity Number 1G1CMS331400-01-00 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  The content provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.”

Issue Briefs

One: Collecting SDOH Data at the Program or Practice Level
Two: Using Geographic Information Systems to Target SDOH Efforts
Three: Social Determinants of Health: What They Are and Why They Are Important
Four: Community Benefit and Social Determinants of Health: New Opportunities for Community Planning and Action
Five: Screening for Social Determinants of Health: A Framework and Cross-Walk of Select Screening Tools and Questions
Six: Incorporating Additional Social Determinants of Health Screening into Primary Care Check-Ups: A Practical Guide


One: Introduction and Overview of Social Determinants of Health
Two: Iowa SIM C3 SDH Statewide Program
Three: Iowa SIM C3 SDH Neighborhood and Built Environment
Four: Iowa SIM C3 SDH Health and Healthcare
Five: Iowa SIM C3 Social and Community Context
Six: Iowa SIM C3 Education
Seven: Iowa SIM C3 Economic Stability

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