Some believe access to quality health care drives community health. People who think that are right. Sort of. Access to good health care is important. But other factors also play a role in determining individual well-being, including:

• Education access and quality; • Social and community context; • Economic well-being; and • Neighborhood and built environment.

Education access and quality, social and community context, economic well-being, and neighborhood and built environment – along with health care access and quality – are the five Social Determinants of Health (SDOH). According to the Centers for Disease Control, SDOH are conditions in the places people live, learn, work and play that impact a wide range of health risks and outcomes. And all too frequently, access to those resources fall along racial lines.

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