Social Determinants of Health, Part 2: Access to care, health literacy and patient engagement.

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD Readers of this blog know that the most basic actions influence health in powerful ways. Some of these simple but profound health actions include: eating nutritious food; being physically active; avoiding high-risk behaviors (like smoking); receiving recommended immunizations and screenings; and scheduling an appointment with a provider when needed. Yet, while we know these things, …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDSocial Determinants of Health, Part 2: Access to care, health literacy and patient engagement.
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Social Determinants of Health, Part 1: What they are and why they matter.

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD Apple has become one of the world’s most iconic brands because of its philosophy, captured brilliantly in their “Think different.” advertising campaign (see the image above). Today’s healthcare leaders are challenged and incentivized to also “think different” under value-based care. One area of thinking differently involves considering how the broader social determinants of health impact patients …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDSocial Determinants of Health, Part 1: What they are and why they matter.