Social Determinants of Health


The Social Determinants of Health (SDH) are the conditions in which people are born, live, work and age. They are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels. SDH account for an estimated 60 percent or more of health outcomes and are largely responsible for health inequities.

For Information About Social Determinants of Health: 
Carly Hood Ronick, OPCA
503-228-8852, x223


Through our SDH work, OPCA is helping develop new tools to measure how "upstream" factors affect a community health center's (CHCs) ability to keep patients healthy. We're also encouraging Oregon's CHCs to adopt at least one new practice to address the impact of SDH on patient health. 

OPCA has kicked off a new SDH collective called Advancing Health Equity & Data (AHEAD) Collaborative. This is a yearlong two track collaborative focused on collecting and utilizing social determinants of health data to demonstrate CHC value. AHEAD will highlight best practices in health centers both locally and nationally. For more information, visit OPCA’s AHEAD resource page.


Questions about the Social Determinants of Health

Why should my health center care about SDH?  Oregon's CHCs serve some of the state's most vulnerable people - the very patients who are disproportionately affected by social determinants.  Review these basic facts and studies about SDH and learn how these upstream factors impact your patients' health and your clinic's success.

What are health centers doing to address SDH and keep patients healthy?  Check out these case studies!  Clinics across the nation are screening patients for SDH, teaming up with community partners or referring patients to organizations that can help them break through social barriers to health.

What steps can my health center take to help patients with SDH issues?  These tools and resources can help your clinic take that first step forward or enhance the work you're already doing to address SDH.