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Social Determinants of Health Work Group

Social Determinants of Health Definiton:

SDOH are conditons in which we are born, grow, live, work, play and age. For health equity, these conditons include adequate income, secure employment and good working conditions, quality education, safe neighborhoods and housing food security, the presence of social support networks, health care services and freedom from racism and other forms of discrimmination, which all support health.

“We know that there are a lot of factors that impact health but poverty, coupled with discrimination and lack of education truly undermine an individual’s health outcome and that of a community.”

The Social Determinants of Health Work Group meets on the 3rd Monday of each month. The Work Group acts as a think tank and an incubator for the Health Equity Council (HEC) around social determinants, generating and critiquing ideas about how state chronic disease programs can incorporate consideration of social determinants into their programs. Currently, we are developing resources to help state chronic disease staff members talk about social determinants, we are making recommendations to the HEC regarding opportunities for NACDD to enhance its leadership in health equity and we are using the results of the HEC's health equity skills assessment to plan training and technical assistance for state chronic disease staff.

Current Projects include:

  • Creating tool to help state health department staff talk about the social determinants of health
  • Identifying training resources based on the results of the health equity skills assessment
  • Examining the CDC's Expert Panel Report on the Social Determinants of Health Equity for recommendations that will strengthen NACDD's leadership role in health equity.



Kati Moseley, MPH
Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention
Oregon Health Authority
Phone: (971) 673-1002