Social Determinants of Health Initiative


The Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) are the conditions in which people are born, live, work and age. They are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels. SDoH account for an estimated 40 percent of health outcomes and are largely responsible for health inequities.

For Information About Social Determinants of Health: 
Carly Hood Ronick, OPCA
503-228-8852, x223


Through our SDoH initiative, OPCA is helping develop new tools to measure how "upstream" factors affect a CHC's ability to keep patients healthy. We're also encouraging Oregon's CHCs to adopt at least one new practice to address the impact of SDoH on patient health. 


Questions about the Social Determinants of Health

Why should my health center care about SDoH?  Oregon's CHCs serve some of the state's most vulnerable people - the very patients who are disproportionately affected by social determinants.  Review these basic facts and studies about SDoH and learn how these upstream factors impact your patients' health and your clinic's success.

What are health centers doing to address SDoH and keep patients healthy?  Check out these case studies!  Clinics across the nation are screening patients for SDoH, teaming up with community partners or referring patients to organizations that can help them break through social barriers to health.

What steps can my health center take to help patients with SDoH issues?  These tools and resources can help your clinic take that first step forward or enhance the work you're already doing to address SDoH.