Brother Be Well Wellness for Boys and Men of Color

What are the Social
Determinants of Health?

Understand the relationship between how population groups experience place and its impact on health, which is fundamental to the Social Determinants of Health, including both social and physical determinants.

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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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.

Write down 3 things you can do to manage your feelings when you’re falling short of your dreams.

  • Natural environment, such as green space (i.e., trees and grass) or weather (i.e., climate change).
  • Built environment, such as buildings, sidewalks, bike lanes, and roads.
  • Worksites, schools, and recreational settings.
  • Housing and community design.
  • Exposure to toxic substances and other physical hazards.
  • Physical barriers, especially for people with disabilities.
  • Aesthetic elements (i.e., good lighting, trees, and benches).
  • Availability of resources to meet daily needs (i.e., safe housing and local food markets).
  • Access to educational, economic, and job opportunities.
  • Access to health care services.
  • Quality of education and job training.
  • Availability of community-based resources in support of community living, and opportunities for recreational and leisure-time activities.
  • Transportation options.
  • Public safety.
  • Social support.
  • Social norms and attitudes (i.e., discrimination, racism, and distrust of government).
  • Exposure to crime, violence, and social disorder (i.e., presence of trash and lack of cooperation in a community).
  • Socioeconomic conditions (i.e., concentrated poverty and the stressful conditions that accompany it).
  • Residential segregation.
  • Language/ literacy.
  • Access to mass media and emerging technologies (i.e., cell phones, the Internet, and social media).

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