National Collaborative for Education
to Address the Social Determinants of Health

Providing and spreading resources for educators, medical practitioners and communities
to understand and address how social, economic and environmental factors
impact health and healthcare.

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NCEAS Annual Conference COVID-19 Update

After much consideration, the NCEAS leadership has decided to cancel the upcoming April 27-28, 2020 NCEAS Annual Conference due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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We’re creating a community for medical educators, practitioners, students, and researchers to create better health outcomes.

We study and share ways to prepare healthcare  providers to address the social, cultural, economic, and other  factors exert that powerful influences on health, and create disparities along racial, ethnic, and class lines. What are social determinants of health?

  • Income, wealth, and social status
  • Environmental exposures and our physical environment
  • Education and literacy
  • Personal health behaviors (e.g., exercise, diet, smoking, substance use)
  • Social networks and social supports
  • Social stressors (e.g., discrimination, social isolation)
  • Access to care by clinicians and healthcare systems/ health insurance

We hope you’ll join our conversation, and impart it to your students, peers, and community. We can bridge this gap, and work to create better health outcomes for everyone. More about us

Resource Collections

A Shared Library for Educators, Practitioners and Activists

Educational Collection

Teaching and assessment materials, videos and more to prepare learners to incorporate social determinants into all aspects of care delivery. Explore the collection

Social Determinants Resources

A collection of information, tools, publications and organizations exploring the variety of social factors that impact a person’s health and how we can overcome those challenges. View SDOH resources

NCEAS Research

At NCEAS, we’re working on original research that seeks to improve our understanding of how to address social determinants in training and practice. View our research

“If poverty were an illness, it would be as big a determinant of whether people live or die as cancer or heart disease. And in the United States, right now adults living on the poorest end of the spectrum will die 10 to 14 years earlier than adults who are the wealthiest.”

Stephen D Persell, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University

Featured Resources

Explore The Conversation About Social Determinants

Creating better health in every community means understanding root causes. Our resources start that conversation.

Population Health Curriculum

The Robert Graham Center, with funding from HRSA and in collaboration with the American Board of Family Medicine has developed a curriculum in population health with a strong emphasis on use of geocoding to improve care of individuals and populations, intended for trainees in Family Medicine and nurse practitioner programs

Beyond Men, Women, or Both: A Comprehensive, LGBTQ-Inclusive, Implicit-Bias-Aware, Standardized-Patient-Based Sexual History Taking Curriculum

This curriculum, from MedEd Portal, provides preclinical learners with an approach to taking comprehensive, inclusive sexual histories from patients of all gender identities and sexual orientations.


This tool connects providers with community resources to help patients address their chronic health and unmet social needs.

Featured Project

Outcomes of the Education-Centered Medical Home

A novel, team-based, four-year longitudinal primary care clerkship focused on preparing medical students to best understand healthcare disparities in the communities where they serve.

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Recent Posts

Latest Updates from the Community Hub

The Role of Community Engagement in Health Equity

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 12:00pm (CT) Register Here When health care providers and researchers and health and research institutions are working on addressing health equity, it is important to consider the extent to which the work is based on the expressed wishes of...

New life during the COVID-19 pandemic: Nursing Perspective

We are privileged as nurses to have a birds' eye view of some of the most intimate moments of people's lives. We are there at the beginning and end of life, bearing witness to the joys and pains families experience. It strikes us as just part of our job most of the...

Twitter Chat

SDOH, Vulnerable Populations and Behavioral Health Related to COVID-19 Held on April 29, 2020   View Tweets Here Hosted with:...

Fellow AU-PCTE Grant Awardees

The AU-PCTE is a cooperative agreement between HRSA and selected units, each focusing on a specific aspect of education in primary care. Northwestern, with its focus on the social determinants of health, is one of six academic units, the other five, include:

Harvard Medical School

Focus: Oral health integration in primary care

Meharry Medical College

Focus: Training for the needs of vulnerable populations

University of California at Davis, School of Medicine

Focus: Health workforce diversity

University of Pennsylvania

Focus: Behavioral health integration in primary care

University of Washington

Focus: Training for rural health practice

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