Nutrition, Food & Health Social Determinants of Health
Social determinants of health are conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Recognition of the importance of Social Determinants of Health and a focus on population health have fueled an interest in building bridges between clinical and non-clinical care providers. More than 75% of health is determined by a myriad of factors at play outside of the medical system. Lack of access to nutritious food is a major public health concern in the United States, particularly among nutritionally vulnerable populations like older adults. In this section you will find a range of reports and analyses that will provide additional context on this topic as well as assessment tools and case studies that support the development of interventions address the Social Determinants of Health at the local level.