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
A Shared Library for Educators, Practitioners and Activists
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
Explore The Conversation About Social Determinants
Creating better health in every community means understanding root causes. Our resources start that conversation.
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.
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.
Latest Updates from the Community Hub
Transitional Care, from Crisis to Opportunity. A patient centered approach to identify, include, and address psychosocial issues and medical needs in clinical practice.
When: Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 Time: 11:30-12:30 (CST) Click Here to Register During this webinar Dr. Schaeffer and Megan McVane will discuss Northwestern Medicine’s Transitional Care and explain how the program has operationalized and grown since its creation 6...
In this issue... New blog post: Preparing our nursing workforce to advance pediatric health equity: A call to action. Mark your Calendars: SDOH Lecture on May 21st, 2019 Resource of the month, Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health: Overview of Criminal...
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue with enhanced health equity having the potential to mitigate adverse childhood events,...
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:
Focus: Oral health integration in primary care
Focus: Training for the needs of vulnerable populations
Focus: Health workforce diversity
Focus: Behavioral health integration in primary care
Focus: Training for rural health practice