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

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.