An Update of Social Determinants of Health Data Usage in Population Health

Social and physical circumstances affect the risk of illness and death.

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Social determinants of health data usage in population health analytics can identify social and physical circumstances that affect the risk of illness and death, encouraging environments that promote health for all.

Social determinants of health (SDOH) data underlie preventable disparities in health status and disease outcomes. Poor population health outcomes are often the result of the interaction between individuals and their social and physical environment. Policies that result in changes to the social and physical environment can affect population health over extended periods of time, while simultaneously helping people to change individual-level behavior. SDOH data can be used to improve the conditions in which people are born, live, work, and age will ensure a healthier population, thereby improving national productivity, security, and prosperity through a healthier workforce.

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