Week 10: Social Determinants of Health


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What are social determinants of health?

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines social determinants of health as “The conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels.  The social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities - the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen within and between countries.” Examples include education, occupation, income, food availability, living and working conditions, neighborhood safety, public policies, social status (marginalization) among many others.

This week, please watch and be inspired by this Ted Talk on “What Americans agree on when it comes to health”:

 
 

ABOUT THE VIDEO (from ted.com)

“We may not be as deeply divided as we think -- at least when it comes to health, says Rebecca Onie. In a talk that cuts through the noise, Onie shares research that shows how, even across economic, political and racial divides, Americans agree on what they need to live good lives -- and asks both health care providers and patients to focus on what makes us healthy, not what makes us angry.

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