social determinants of health

Social Determinants of Health, Part 4: All the Lonely People

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD The Beatles were onto something with their song “Eleanor Rigby”. The loneliness of Eleanor Rigby and Father McKenzie strike a chord with us because we humans are social creatures—it’s woven into our DNA. From our hunter-gatherer ancestors who moved in clans to the complex, fast-moving communities we live in today, we are all dependent on …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDSocial Determinants of Health, Part 4: All the Lonely People
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Social Determinants of Health, Part 3: Where Patients Live

by Dr. Randall Williams, MD In the new world order of value-based care delivery, healthcare providers cannot afford to be unaware of, or choose to ignore, the major drivers of healthcare utilization that fall outside of “traditional” clinical care. These areas, called Social Determinants of Health (SDHs) include some natural and actionable categories like: Timely, convenient and affordable access to …

Dr. Randall Williams, MDSocial Determinants of Health, Part 3: Where Patients Live