They are the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning and quality of life outcomes and risks. Social Determinants of Health have a massive impact on people's health, well-being, and quality of life.
Access to nutritious foods and physical activity opportunities
Polluted air and water
Language and literacy skills
How do social determinants of health affect us?
They contribute to health disparities and inequities. For example, people who don't have access to a grocery store with healthy foods are less likely to have good nutrition, which in turn raises their risk of health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity and also lowers their life expectancy.
Click here to learn more about the Social Determinants of Health on the Healthy People 2030 site.