Social Determinants of Health and DEI Social determinants of health (SDOH) 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. Addressing SDOH are important to improve overall health and to reduce health disparities experienced by marginalized groups. For this reason, the SDOH initiatives currently underway at Northern Light Health are also important to our DEI efforts across our system. Over the past three years, Northern Light Health has established an SDOH Team and an organized approach to screening to identify the types of need patients are experiencing. Northern Light Health was one of three healthcare systems awarded a grant by Pfizer and Institutes for Healthcare Improvement to support this work. Our system has also added the use of prescriptive analytics to identify, assess and address avoidable health risks in our patients. Just last month, led by a multidisciplinary Northern Light Health team, we launched a new tool to help address social determinants of health in our communities. Northern Light findhelp is a public facing, web-based resource for community support services for everything from housing assistance to food pantries to transportation. You can access the page by clicking here.
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