A Smarter System: Addressing Social Determinants of Health as a Cost-Saving Measure

June 29, 2017


Social determinants of health are the family and community factors that affect children’s health and well being and can make children's health better or worse. A shift from individual-level models of health care to public health approaches that address social determinants of health will lower costs and improve children's health and well being.

In this Kidsdata News special edition, Edward Schor, MD, Senior Vice President of Programs and Partnerships at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, addresses how the relationship between social determinants of health and the health care system impacts children's health and well being.

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Edward Schor, MD, is the Senior Vice President of Programs and Partnerships at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health.


Data on Social Determinants of Health

There is substantial evidence that children’s health is directly correlated with income and inequities in access to resources and services. The American Academy of Pediatrics has called for an effort to reduce childhood poverty and to mitigate the adverse outcomes of challenging social circumstances in order to obtain and maintain good health.

Many indicators on kidsdata.org describe social determinants of health. Examples include economic well being, housing stability, and community connectedness.


Helpful Links

Healthy People 2020—Social Determinants of Health »

Poverty and Child Health »

Beyond Health Care: The Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health Equity »


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