Infographic: A Framework to Align Social Determinants of Health, Social Risk Factors and Social Needs Terminology

Friday, January 3rd, 2020
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

As the healthcare system continues to get more involved in social determinants of health, social risk factors and social needs, stakeholders are beginning to ask: what is the appropriate role of healthcare in addressing the social factors that influence health? Clear and consistent terminology is an essential first step to determining what role the healthcare system can and should play, according to a new infographic by the Health Care Transformation Task Force.

The infographic describes the distinction among social determinants of health, social risk factors, and social needs in a manner that promotes more precise usage of each term.

2019 Healthcare Benchmarks: Social Determinants of HealthOne-third of Americans are grappling with stress tied to meeting their basic human needs such as stable housing, adequate food, and reliable transportation, according to the results of a new national survey from Kaiser Permanente. The survey, Social Needs in America, also found that Americans overwhelmingly want healthcare providers to be involved in identifying and addressing these non-medical social needs.

2019 Healthcare Benchmarks: Social Determinants of Health is the second comprehensive analysis by the Healthcare Intelligence Network of programs aimed at addressing social determinants of health (SDOH), including populations prioritized for SDOH screening, preferred screening tools, interventions, results and ROI.

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