Healthy UH (Social Determinants of Health Screening Campaign)
The Department of Community and Population Health is dedicated to addressing the underlying factors that influence health outcomes and promoting equitable access to opportunities for all individuals. This brochure provides an overview of our program and the key areas we focus on to improve the health and well-being of our community.
What are Social Determinants of Health? Social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. These factors include economic stability, education access and quality, health care access and quality, Neighborhood and built environment, and social and community context. They significantly impact health outcomes and contribute to health disparities or gaps.
In addition, SDOH can influence and contribute to chronic health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. For example, people who have low incomes may be more likely to live in food deserts that lack access to nutritious foods and result in higher rates of obesity. They may also face several barriers to accessing healthcare, including lack of health insurance.
Our Focus Areas:
Education: We strive to enhance educational opportunities and literacy rates, promoting lifelong learning and empowering individuals to reach their full potential.
Economic Stability: We support initiatives that address poverty, unemployment, and income inequality, aiming to create economic stability and reduce financial stressors.
Shelter/Housing: We work towards ensuring safe, affordable, and healthy housing options, as well as promoting vibrant neighborhoods that foster social connections and well-being.
Healthcare Access: We advocate for equitable access to quality healthcare services, including preventive care, primary care, mental health services, and specialized care when needed.
Social Support Systems: We promote the development of strong social support networks and community resources that enhance social connectedness and help during challenging times.