Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

Addressing Social Determinants of Health Can Improve Community Health & Reduce Costs

 

 

About the Data Insights

This infographic offers an overview of the social determinants of health, their implications for health outcomes and costs, and solutions to address unmet needs.

How can a diabetic person manage their diet if they don't know whether they will be able to afford their next meal? This is just one example of the profound influence of social determinants like food security on our health outcomes.

A recent study found that people are more than two times more likely to go to the emergency room if they struggle with food insecurity, access to reliable transportation or community safety. Building healthier communities will require collaboration across sectors to provide solutions like school food programs, ride-sharing initiatives and early childhood education.

Citations

Chart on health outcomes adapted from: RWJF, County Health Rankings Model

Survey findings show the prevalence of unmet social needs that impact health care: McKinsey 2019 Consumer Social Determinants of Health Survey
Respondents reporting unmet social needs were more likely to report multiple ER visits over a 12-month period.

Solutions:

Food Environment

Housing

Transportation: Non-emergency medical transportation

Education

Collaboration graphic adapted from: Action required: The urgency of addressing social determinants of health, A PwC Health Research Institute report

Medicare reimbursement for social services

Primary Care

Studies estimate that social determinants of health influence 50% of health outcomes, yet many communities are reporting unmet social needs like food insecurity or concerns about community safety.