Social Determinants of Health
Social determinants of health are conditions in the communities in which people live, work, play, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes. 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. HealthyPeople 2020 has developed an organizing framework that includes the following areas:1
- Economic Stability
- Health and Health Care
- Social and Community Context
- Neighborhood and Built Environment
1. Social Determinants of Health, downloaded on 11/14/2014 from http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/social-determinants-health.