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Social determinants of health

Lynn N. Asher (lynn@lnaconsult.com) is Principal at L.N. Asher in Dallas, TX.

The concepts behind social determinants of health (SDOH) have been with us for many years. The Commission on Social Determinants of Health was established by the World Health Organization in 2005 to consider social conditions that affect a society’s poor health and health inequalities. The commission’s initial work has been further developed over the years, resulting in several formats, including the current one used by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The department establishes public health objectives every 10 years, with the current plan covering the 2020–2030 period.[1] The department’s objectives include SDOH, leading health indicators, and overall health and well-being measures.

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