Social Determinants of Health (SDH)

Social Determinants of Health refers to the circumstances in which people are born, live, work, and ageā€”each of which are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources in society. Social determinants of health includes factors such as economic stability, education, housing and living conditions, built environment, transportation, and community context. They affect everyone and can be measured at multiple levels.

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 in 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 complete and submit the form below.

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