The social determinants of health are factors beyond traditional healthcare that significantly impact health including where you are born, live, work, play, go to school, and age. Data show that these factors impact a wide range of quality-of-life outcomes and health risks. This is true throughout the life course, including for older people. Factors such as adequate access to appropriate housing, nutritious food, and affordable transportation can significantly improve or detract from health.
For the remainder of 2022, the AFPHS training series will focus on the SDOH. To kick off these trainings, TFAH welcomed Dr. Aaron Guest, co-author of Healthy Aging Through the Social Determinants of Health, recently published by the American Public Health Association. Dr. Guest provided an overview of the societal and economic factors that influence health and discuss how public health departments can expand their roles within the social determinants to support older adult health and well-being.