Community Benefit

Social Determinants of Health

Public health research shows that addressing the social determinants of health can have a major impact on improving population health and decreasing health disparities. National initiatives are underway to research the roles health care organizations can play in these efforts. Tax-exempt hospitals, given federal requirements around community health needs assessments and implementation strategies, are viewed as important partners.

What are the Social Determinants of Health?

The World Health Organization defines the social determinants of health as "the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. These forces and systems include economic policies and systems, development agendas, social norms, social policies and political systems."

Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) highlights the importance of addressing the social determinants of health by including "Create social and physical environments that promote good health for all" as one of the four overarching goals for the decade. HP2020 also developed a "place-based" organizing framework, reflecting five (5) key areas of social determinants of health:

These five key areas (determinants) include:

  • Economic Stability — Poverty, Employment, Food Security, Housing Stability
  • Education — High School Graduation, Enrollment in Higher Education, Language and Literacy, Early Childhood Education and Development
  • Social and Community Context — Social Cohesion, Civic Participation, Discrimination, Incarceration
  • Health and Health Care — Access to Health Care, Access to Primary Care, Health Literacy
  • Neighborhood and Built Environment — Access to Healthy Foods, Quality of Housing, Crime and Violence, Environmental Conditions

Two NEW Resources on Social Determinants of Health and Our Tradition

Addressing the root causes of poor health is not unique to Catholic health care. What is unique to Catholic health care is that our faith compels us to give special attention to our neighbors who are economically poor and to work for the common good. It is these values that drive us to lead the way in this work, even when the path forward is not clear. CHA has developed a set of resources to help engage health care leaders on how this activity — addressing the social determinants of health — is not at all new to Catholic health ministry. It is a part of our DNA — stemming from our founding congregations of religious women and men who saw needs in the communities they were sent to serve, and then fulfilled those needs, working in partnership. There are two booklets, an accompanying PowerPoint that you can adjust to tell your organization's story available.

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Healing the Multitudes
Catholic Health Care's Commitment to Community Health

This resource explains why the Catholic health ministry is called to take a leadership role in addressing the social determinants of health and outlines the key components of a comprehensive strategy that organizations need to consider when undertaking this work.

Since a comprehensive community health improvement strategy touches the organization’s clinical interventions, business processes and structures and community relationships, this resource would be helpful to a wide audience including those who work in mission, community benefit, population health, physician relations, human resources, purchasing, and strategic planning.

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Healing the Multitudes
Catholic Health Care's Commitment to Community Health: A Resource for Boards

This resource explains why the Catholic health ministry is called to take a leadership role in addressing the social determinants of health and the board's key role in making this work a strategic focus of their organization.

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Healing the Multitudes Catholic Health Care's Commitment to Community Health PowerPoint Template

This PowerPoint is one you can use in your organization to facilitate discussion around your organization’s efforts to make community health a strategic priority

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