How the disconnects within healthcare affect our ability to address the SDoH
“The conditions in which we live explain in part why some Americans are healthier than others and why Americans more generally are not as healthy as they could be.”
Improving health access and education is an essential step in addressing the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH). But, in order to thoroughly target the SDoH, a deeper understanding of their origins is needed.
Social and physical determinants of health vary per community and per person, and include such far-reaching topics as public safety, housing, social…
— Alexandra Quinn & Margaret Laws, Addressing Community Needs and Preparing for the Secondary Impacts of Covid-19
Shockingly, more than one-third of yearly deaths in the United States are attributed to the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) — factors such as socioeconomic status, education, behavior, and physical environment.
The SDoH are estimated to influence around 80% of health outcomes versus 20% attributed to clinical care. Considering this, it is no surprise that the communities most challenged by social risk factors are also most vulnerable to COVID-19.
Yellowed street lights strobe past as the taxi driver speeds down Avenida América, one of Quito’s main thoroughfares. I doze in the back seat, comfortable and full of pizza.
The driver veers right on an unfamiliar street. Through a cloud of thought, I vaguely notice how dark it seemed. Then, the car rolled to a stop.
Digital Health Product Manager and former Healthcare Worker. Passionate about increasing health access via technology and collaboration.