Social determinants of health

SDOHgraphicThe conditions in which you live, learn, work and age affect your health. Social determinants such as neighborhood, education and health care can influence your lifelong well-being.

Consider the fact that 46.7 million Americans lived in poverty in 2014, including 15.5 million children. Or that one-fifth of U.S. students don’t graduate with a regular diploma four years after starting 9th grade. And 2.2 million people in the United States are behind bars in jails, prisons and other correctional facilities.

Public health is repositioning itself at the national, state and local levels to focus on social determinants of health. Join us as we explore social determinants of health and how they are being targeted in our multi-part series from The Nation’s Health.

The Nation's Health series: Social determinants of health


Cover story: Shift toward social determinants transforming public health work (July 2016)

Related story:  Social determinants take center stage in call for Public Health 3.0 (July 2016)

Storify report:  Get to know social determinants of health (July 2016)


Cover story: Education attainment linked to health education throughout lifespan (August 2016)

Sidebar: Education makes healthy choices easier, beginning early in life (August 2016)

Podcast:  Listen to our podcast: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Paula Braveman discusses the link between education and health (August 2016)

Q&A: Social determinants on the local level:  New Orleans Health Department takes on social determinants  —Read the story and listen to the podcast (August 2016)

Storify report: Education is a lifelong social determinant of health (August 2016)


Cover storyHealthy, safe housing linked to healthier, longer lives: Housing a social determinant of health (September 2016)

Sidebar: Medicaid, Medicare making the move toward social determinants (September 2016)

SidebarOrganizations nationwide focusing on social determinants (September 2016)

Storify report: Housing: A foundation for health (September 2016)


Cover storyIncome inequality: When wealth determines health: Earnings influential as lifelong social determinant of health (October 2016)

Sidebar: Childhood poverty associated with chronic disease, quality of health (October 2016)

Related story: Chicago tackles social determinants with four-year vision for healthier city (October 2016)

Storify report:  Lower wages come at cost to public health (October 2016)

Check out our infographics on social determinants of health
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Social determinants of health overview

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Education as  social determinant of health

Education infographic social determinants of health

Housing as social determinant of health

Housing infographic social determinants of health

Income as social determinant of health

Income infographic social determinants of health

Thanks for chatting with us on Twitter about social determinants!
Our Oct. 5 Twitter chat on social determinants of health was a success, with hundreds of participants and more than 1,400 tweets. See highlights in our Storify report or read the transcript.

Resources on social determinants of healthWomen walking in park

Get more insights into social determinants and how they can influence health and well-being with these partner resources.

Healthy People 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Public Health 3.0
World Health Organization
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
National Academy of Medicine
APHA health equity page

Photos courtesy iStockphoto. Women walking by Susan Chiang, students by Monkeybusinessimages