Improving the conditions in which we live, learn, work, and play and the quality of our relationships will create a healthier population, society, and workforce.
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ZIP CODES CAN DETERMINE HEALTH OUTCOMES
The Social Determinants of Health are conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, work, learn, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Conditions (i.e., social, economic, and physical) in these various environments and settings (i.e., school, church, workplace, and neighborhood) have been referred to as place. In addition to the more material attributes of place, the patterns of social engagement and sense of security and well-being are also affected by where people live. Resources that enhance quality of life can have a significant influence on population health outcomes. Examples of these resources include safe and affordable housing, access to education, public safety, availability of healthy foods, local emergency/ health services, and environments free of life-threatening toxins.