Exploring Social Determinants Of Health
Whether you know it or not, social determinants make their way into many parts of our lives, including places where we learn, work, live, and play — each one affects our health risks, and ultimately our health outcomes.
Because our job, relationships, etc. contribute to our wellness, it’s vital to understand and address them to better reduce health disparities, while improving our health journey.
What Are Social Determinants Of Health?
The five social determinants of health include:
- Economic Stability
- Health & Healthcare Access
- Neighborhood & Built Surroundings
- Social & Community Conditions
Related to the five social determinants of health are other factors that influence our health including:
- Childhood Development
- Obtaining & Keeping A Job
- Food Security
- Living Conditions
- Social Norms & Attitudes
- Literacy & Language
- Access To Technology
Each individual determinant affects mortality, morbidity, health status, life expectancy, health care costs, and functional limitations, and together, they all impact our wellness.
A positive connection between health and economic stability is very telling — those with financial security are typically healthier compared to those in a lower income bracket.
Those living just above the poverty line don’t always have the privilege of healthy meals, stable housing, and quality healthcare.
Health & Healthcare Access
The truth of the matter is, many Americans still don’t have access to the healthcare services they need, which then gravely impacts their health. Health insurance is expensive and those living without it are less likely to seek preventative care from a primary care physician, and if they do have an injury or illness, they may not be able to pay for the care they need.
Neighborhood & Built Surroundings
The area in which we call home also impacts our health — factors such as poor air or water quality, high crime rates, and other safety concerns tend to lower health outcomes, whereas parks and greenspace, bike lanes, low pollution, etc., promote our wellness.
Where we’re born also plays a role in our health outcomes. Is there access to good education or employment opportunities? These types of opportunities can be involved in our risk of illness for both individuals and communities at large.
Research points out that individuals with higher levels of education tend to be healthier and live longer lives. Oppositely, those facing discrimination, poverty, and disabilities have a lower high school graduation rate and do not attend college.
Social & Community Conditions
The relationships of the friends and family that surround us have huge implications for our health. Factors such as isolation, bullying, poor parent/child relationships can impact both our physical and emotional health in major ways.
Building a strong community of people that support you is vital in improving your health outcomes.
How Are The Social Determinants Of Health Impacting Your Health?
The five social determinants of health show up upon our arrival at birth and into our last stage of life, and they are what contribute to our risks for illness.
And while there is a much larger conversation to be had about access to education, healthcare, and opportunities, recognizing these factors and seeking to improve them, may help improve overall health.
Bridging The Healthcare Gap
Bonita Springs Healthcare Services provides palliative care including hospice, home care, and home health services.
We seek to never turn away a patient because of their financial status, and offer a variety of payment options and solutions to help you pay for the care you need.
Bonita Springs Healthcare Services does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, or age in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities.
To learn more about our healthcare services, connect with Bonita Springs Healthcare Services today!