Social Determinants

26 01, 2017

A New Way to Talk about Social Determinants of Health

2017-03-20T16:15:29+00:00January 26th, 2017|

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?” […]

13 01, 2017

Dying and Living in the Neighborhood – A Street-Level View of America’s Healthcare Promise

2017-03-20T16:15:54+00:00January 13th, 2017|

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:

  1. Clearly describes the neighborhood dynamics that can shape an individual’s ability to ‘assemble’ health;
  2. Profiles innovative people and programs working to change health at the neighborhood level;
  3. Looks across sectors to identify policy obstacles and other systemic barriers to health promotion; and
  4. Presents creative ideas for collaboration across healthcare, public health, and community development.

We found this […]

28 12, 2016

Placemaking 101: Creating Communities that Support Health

2017-03-20T14:02:15+00:00December 28th, 2016|

project-for-public-spacesAs 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, […]

22 12, 2016

City Health Works: Better Health at Lower Cost with Community Health Workers

2017-03-20T16:20:53+00:00December 22nd, 2016|

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.

Click here for a detailed outline of what City Health Works does, and the outcomes it aims to achieve.

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13 11, 2016

Poverty and the Myths of Health Care Reform

2017-03-20T16:24:02+00:00November 13th, 2016|

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.

Click here to read an excerpt and review the table of contents.

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11 11, 2016

Health Affairs Issue Brings Culture of Health into Focus

2017-03-20T16:24:24+00:00November 11th, 2016|

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.



9 11, 2016

Poverty and Brain Development

2017-03-20T16:30:13+00:00November 9th, 2016|

From Youtube:

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.

8 11, 2016

Building Healthy and Inclusive Communities for People with Disability

2017-03-20T16:30:42+00:00November 8th, 2016|

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.

18 10, 2016

A Framework for Educating Health Professionals about Social Determinants of Health

2017-03-20T16:33:18+00:00October 18th, 2016|

iom-framework-for-sdhAs 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.


28 09, 2016

The Health Asset Model

2018-04-05T22:57:49+00:00September 28th, 2016|

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-1-0The 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 […]