Social Determinants of Health: National Academy of Medicine paper by Sanne Magnan

Social Determinants of Health 101 for Health Care: Five Plus Five.

This perspective describes and discusses five things we know and five things health care organizations need to learn to address the social determinants of health (i.e., non-medical needs such as housing and food) as part of efforts to provide better and affordable care, and to improve the health of people and communities. Health care organizations can define (and circumscribe) their roles, and join or form new community partnerships to prioritize, develop, and implement proven and/or testable interventions. With the failure of our current health care system to deliver better health and well-being at an affordable cost, exploring opportunities in the other determinants of health seems wise, if not imperative.