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Social Determinants of Health

Social determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Resources that enhance quality of life can have a significant influence on population health outcomes. Examples of these resources include safe and affordable housing, access to education, public safety, availability of healthy foods, local emergency/health services, and environments free of life-threatening toxins.1


1. Social Determinants of Health, downloaded on 11/14/2014 from http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/social-determinants-health.

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Content updated: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:17:39 MST