Health Affairs March 24, 2020
Taylor Cowey, Josh LaRosa

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) defines the social determinants of health as the “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.” The concept, which comes from the global public health field, is at its best when it is understood to encompass an individual’s social location—their race, ethnicity, sex, class, ability, orientation, culture, and how each of these identities impact them in their community context. It was created to identify and serve the most vulnerable among the world’s populations and to address the inequities that disproportionately impact their lives and their health. 

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