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social determinants of health

A generic term for the social factors which affect the health of an individual—e.g., housing, employment, income, education, family coherency, etc.

Per the World Health Organisation: “The social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities - the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen within and between countries.” Recognising these determinants are integral to developing health initiatives and interventions.
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The screening report (which was submitted to Auckland City Council) outlined the key features of the policy, the likely populations affected, the determinants of health that might be affected, the possible mitigations/enhancements that surfaced and some of the community concerns about health and wellbeing impacts.
He is also a commissioner for the World Health Organization's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health.
The editors note that success in interventions that target proximal determinants of health depends on more upstream laws and regulations.
We were gratified that submissions concerned the entire life cycle, from birth through old age; reflected a broad conceptualization of health, including mental health and oral health; and considered a wideranging list of potential determinants of health, including not only health care but also income and income distribution, racial/ethnic segregation, and discrimination, among others.
As populations age, a phenomenon that is happening globally, there is an urgent need to identify the determinants of health in this broader sense," she says.
This first edition of Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific presents a set of key indicators of health status, the determinants of health, health care resources and utilisation, and health care expenditure and financing across 27 Asia/Pacific countries and economies in the Asia/Pacific region.
The natural alliance between our two movements is so necessary as we both seek to protect the social determinants of health for working populations," Slatin said.
Another finding was around the importance of addressing the social determinants of health.
Special focus on social determinants of health entails household economic strengthening for the most vulnerable in Central & Eastern Provinces.
Seeking clues to understanding the impact of the social determinants of health on the health of the person on the medical ward is equally as important as seeking clues in a Plunket clinic.
In an interview in Geneva, the WHO Director for Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health Maria Neira said "we all know that air pollution is having a very negative impact on our health, representing in total more than 7 million deaths every year, but if we refer to outdoor air, it will be pollution 3.
Class and income are particularly emphasized as determinants of health, with multiple chapters touching on these topics; other factors such as race, gender, age, geography and their intersections are also explored.