Social determinants of health, part 2

Most times, when people think about what makes a healthy community, they think primarily about access to a good doctor or a hospital. They may also think about the presence of parks or playgrounds or the quality of the air. These are definitely important, but probably more important to one’s health are aspects of their community that don’t immediately come to mind.

Social determinants of health, part 1

Health disparities continue to be a major public health issue in the United States. Various definitions for the concept of health disparities exist. As noted by the CDC, “health disparities are preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations.”