Why do some individuals experience more positive health outcomes than others? The answer lies not only in genetics, personal choices, or luck, but rather a complex mix of factors within the circumstances of a person’s life. These factors, termed “social determinants of health (SDOH)” are defined as “conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2019)
The concept of SDOH argues that some people are healthier than others not only because of individual behaviors and biology, but also because they have certain social and environmental advantages that allow them to achieve and maintain good health. However, while SDOH is a common working term for specified conditions, the word “determined” does not mean that one has a fixed destiny.
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