Social Determinants of health are the conditions in which people live, learn, play, worship, and age that affect health, their functioning, and their quality of life.
In a wealthier neighborhood like Murray Hills, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the life expectancy is 85. But just a few train stops away in East Harlem, a lower income community, life expectancy is 76.
Do you have economic stability? In America, 1 in 10 people live in poverty.
Do you have access to quality education? “Children from low-income families, children with disabilities, and children who routinely experience forms of social discrimination — like bullying — are more likely to struggle with math and reading. They’re also less likely to graduate from high school or go to college. This means they’re less likely to get safe, high-paying jobs and more likely to have health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and depression.” https://health.gov/healthypeople/objectives-and-data/browse-objectives/education-access-and-quality
Do you have access to quality healthcare access? 1 in 10 Americans don't have health insurance.
How is the neighborhood you live in? Does it promote health and safety? Many people live in areas with high rates of violence, unsafe air or water, second hand smoke, etc. Things like adding bike lanes, or sidewalks can improve your neighborhood's health and safety.
Do you have social and community support? Positive relationships at home, at work, and in the community can help anyone's health and safety in life.