Social Determinants of Health

Growing DuPage County’s capacity to effectively track and manage the social determinants of health (SDOH) is a key goal highlighted in the Access to Health Services action plan. In support of this goal, the Impact DuPage website has been updated with a new Social Determinants of Health Dashboard, allowing users to view all social determinant indicators on one page.
SDOH are the conditions in which people live, learn, work, and play. These conditions can include factors such as socioeconomic status, education, the physical environment, employment, social support networks, and access to health care.

Social determinants have a large impact on health and well-being. When compared to other industrialized nations, the U.S. ranks as the highest spender on health care, and low on several health outcomes such as life expectancy and chronic conditions. In addition, the U.S. spends the least on social services when compared with other nations. By investing in addressing the SDOH, communities can decrease health disparities and have better outcomes.
While DuPage County is doing well overall, it is important to note that not all populations and communities within the county are living under the same conditions. In order to achieve health equity, where everyone has the opportunity to reach optimal health, the social determinants of health must be addressed through both county-wide approaches and by targeting resources towards communities or populations with the greatest need. 


By placing an emphasis on SDOH and equity, our community can make the most of our human resources and advance the well-being of the DuPage County community.
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