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Social Determinants of Health (SDH)

The Social Determinants of Health (SDH) Core provides the following services and resources to investigators conducting health disparities and SDH research:

  • One-on-one consultation on individual- and area-level measures of social determinants of health (SDH)
  • Methodological expertise on obtaining and analyzing area- and individual-level SDH
  • Geo-linking services to obtain area-level SDH measures and integrate them with data from electronic health records, patient registries or cohorts, administrative claims, and other clinical or research data

We maintain a SDH Toolbox with scales, indices, and instruments to measure various social determinants of health, including socioeconomic status, income inequality, social cohesion, residential segregation, neighborhood living conditions, food access, food insecurity, walkability, rurality, medical underservice, and other social and environmental exposures. 

To schedule a one-on-one consultation, please contact either Dr. Baker or Dr. Oates. 

Leadership:
Elizabeth Baker, PhD
Associate Professor, Sociology
ebaker@uab.edu

Gabriela Oates, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
goates@uab.edu


Recruitment and Retention Shared Facility (RRSF)

The Recruitment and Retention Shared Facility (RRSF) offers recruitment of participants for any study, including help with developing recruitment and retention plans; identifying participants and targeting them with culturally relevant messages; consenting, enrolling, and scheduling participants; providing databases in requested format; generating standard or customized reports; access to data analysts, statisticians, and epidemiologists with expertise in health disparities; and retention services for follow-up data collection.

Leadership:
CY Johnson
CYJohnson@uabmc.edu
205-975-7934

Julie Schach
JSchach@uabmc.edu
205-934-6850