The conditions in which we are born, live, learn, play and age exercise a powerful influence on the health of individuals and communities. By critically examining the role of neighborhood conditions, education, income/wealth, and the socio-political climate, this training will strengthen participants’ understanding of the social determinants of health and their role in shaping health outcomes of diverse populations. Examples of programmatic, structural and policy interventions will be discussed to illustrate how public health practitioners, advocates and policymakers can effectively address social determinants and advance equity for populations and communities that have experienced persistent barriers to good health.
Family Physician, Health Equity Researcher, Community Participatory Methodologies Specialist, and Public Health Administrator
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
- Define the social determinants of health and explain how inequities in different social domains affect health outcomes and health disparities;
- Identify examples of effective local, regional, and national strategies for improving systems and policies that affect the social determinant of health; and
- Apply the principles of health equity practice to at least one specific health inequity.