Social Determinants of Health Presentation

Social Determinants of Health Presentation

Social Determinants of Health Presentation

June 24, 10:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M.

CCOC Building 4052, Room 301 and via Web-Ex (call-in information below)

Purpose: to answer two key questions of interest to those who study social determinants of health and well-being:

1. How do social statuses and social conditions shape health patterns and mortality risk?

2.Why do social statuses and social conditions shape health patterns and mortality risk?

Expected outcome is that participants gain insight into the relationship between social conditions and health outcomes.

Overview of areas to be included in presentation:

  • It is now widely accepted that chronic conditions like heart disease and cancer have multiple causes, and not all of them are biological in origin.
  • Today, health professionals and health scholars recognize that social and psychological and biological and behavioral factors influence whether a person becomes sick as well as the form, duration, and intensity of symptoms.
  • Social epidemiology is the branch of epidemiology that studies the social distribution of health, morbidity, and mortality risk.
  • The social distribution is defined by social status and social conditions.Social status indicates social position: gender, race, ethnicity, education, income, religion.Social conditions refer to socially patterned contexts, circumstances, and environments.
  • Social conditions influence health by placing populations at “risk of risks,” increasing vulnerability or susceptibility to poor health, morbidity, and mortality. Social conditions regulate health-relevant behaviors and access to health-relevant institutions and services.
  • The misery, demoralization, or distress a person feels is not the problem. It is a consequence of the problem–social stratification and social inequality.The inequality of misery is produced by unequal resources, opportunities, limitations, and demands.
  • The remainder of the talk will draw on fundamental social causes theory to highlight social variations (i.e., differences by race/ethnicity, gender and social class) in health across the life course.

Web- Ex Attendee Meeting Invitation

Topic: Social Determinants of Health
Host: Jennifer D’Urso, Bureau of Community Health Assessment

Division of Public Health Statistics & Performance Management
Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Time: 10:30 am, Eastern Daylight Time
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