The term “social determinants of health” is academic in nature, but the concept is deeply rooted in community and population health. Recognizing this disconnect between terminology and practice, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation developed a white paper – A New Way to Talk about Social Determinants of Health. Not only is the idea of messaging important for clinicians and patients, but also for funders and legislators. In RWJF’s terms, “How do we find a common language that will expand Americans’ views about what it means to be healthy—to include not just where health ends but also where it starts?” […]
Dr. Prabhjot Singh is a physician and program director at Mount Sinai Health System. In this groundbreaking book from Johns Hopkins University Press (2016), Dr. Singh defines how place matters for health in a unique and compelling way. In summary, Dr. Singh:
- Clearly describes the neighborhood dynamics that can shape an individual’s ability to ‘assemble’ health;
- Profiles innovative people and programs working to change health at the neighborhood level;
- Looks across sectors to identify policy obstacles and other systemic barriers to health promotion; and
- Presents creative ideas for collaboration across healthcare, public health, and community development.
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As we learn more about the power of place as an influence on individual and population health, the question arises: How can we make places healthier? One strategy is to take a systematic approach to placemaking. The Project for Public Spaces defines ‘placemaking’ as
…both an overarching idea and a hands-on approach for improving a neighborhood, city, or region, Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community…With community-based participation at its center, an effective Placemaking process capitalizes on a local community’s assets, […]
Research and experience show that Community Health Workers (CHWs) can make a healthy difference in the lives of the people they serve. The keys to optimizing CHWs include local design, close collaboration with primary care providers, a neighborhood-based workforce, effective training and support, and a focus on achieving specific outcomes for defined populations. City Health Works has assembled these keys into a coaching and care coordination program that is helping patients with chronic conditions chieve healthier outcomes.
From The Physicians Foundation:
Physicians Foundation commissioned the release of “Poverty and the Myths of Health Care Reform,” a thought-provoking and data-rich book documenting the impact of social determinants on healthcare costs. Authored by the late Richard (Buz) Cooper, MD, the book draws on decades of health research and economic data to demonstrate the pervasive, debilitating effects of poverty on healthcare costs, resource utilization and overall patient outcomes. The book is published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
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The November issue of Health Affairs explores where action is most needed to successfully build a Culture of Health and identifies how we might start.
This month’s Health Affairs DataGraphic provides a pictorial view of key facts about how population well-being affects life expectancy.
Click here to view the table of contents and links to abstracts for the full November issue.
Chaya Kulkarni, Director, Infant Mental Health Promotion, Hospital for Sick Children explains how poverty affects a child’s brain development and what parents can do to mitigate.
Founded in 1999, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) is a public health practice and resource center on health promotion for people with disability. Here you can find resources for public health professionals, health care providers, educators, fitness professionals, and individuals and caregivers. You can also find ichip:
To help address the inequities faced by people with disability, NCHPAD has created the Inclusive Community Health Implementation Package (iCHIP). The iCHIP features interactive tools to help community health practitioners, organizations, and coalitions incorporate, enhance, and promote inclusion across all aspects of community health efforts.
As more attention is being paid to the social determinants of health (SDH), there is a parallel need to incorporate SDH into health professional education. The Institute of Medicine has published a research-based framework for educating health professionals about the importance of SDH. This volume also provides an efficient overview of frameworks for addressing SDH that can be helpful for health professions education as well as program planning and evaluation. Click here to read and download this important new work from the Institute of Medicine.
The Power of Health Assets
Research shows that people have a better opportunity for health when they have particular health assets available. One of the most empowering things we can do to support community health improvement is to help vulnerable populations strengthen their health assets. Community Health Solutions developed The Health Asset Model to inform and guide this work.
The Health Asset Model
The Health Asset Model is an evidence-based framework for improving health opportunity for individuals and populations. As illustrated in the graphic, the model defines the types of services and supports that are necessary to enable health […]