Social determinants of health (SDOH) are factors contributing to inequities and disparities in health, thus affecting individuals’ quality of life and well-being.
There are five domains of social determinants of health:
- Economic stability
- Education access and quality
- Healthcare access and quality
- Neighborhood and built environment
- Social and community context
Given the range of these domains, there are many social determinants of health examples, including:
- Education, income and job opportunities
- Racism, violence and discrimination
- Safe housing, neighborhoods and transportation
- Access to exercise opportunities and nutritious foods
Social determinants of health often exist across communities.