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What Are Social Determinants of Health?

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this activity, you will be able to:
1. Describe the types of social determinants of health and how each can impact health outcomes;
2. Explore the relationship between social determinants of health and health disparities;
3. Identify social determinants of health during clinical encounters;
4. Describe how physicians and health providers, health systems and communities can address social determinants of health to improve outcomes and health equity.
0.5 Credit

This module provides the foundation for recognizing and addressing the social determinants of health during a clinical encounter in order to improve outcomes and health equity.

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Activity Information

Subject Matter Expert(s):

Tonya Fancher, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean Workforce Innovation and Community Engagement, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine

Joy H. Lewis, DO, PhD, Professor, Medicine and Public Health, Chair, SOMA Department of Public Health Director, DO/MPH Program, Director, ATSU SOMA PBRN, A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

Jed Gonzalo, MD, MSc, Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences, Associate Dean, Health Systems Education, Penn State University College of Medicine

Maya M. Hammoud, MD, MBA, Senior Advisor, Medical Education Innovation, American Medical Association


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