Better Health Outcomes for All Through Education and Research

At the National Collaborative for Education to Address the Social Determinants of Health, we seek to accelerate the spread of the best approaches for identifying, understanding and addressing social determinants of health.  Preparing the healthcare workforce is essential to meeting these challenges.

Who We Serve

Our research is created and distributed for many audiences, including:

  • Health educators
  • Practitioners
  • Medical, nursing and other health professions students
  • General public

Together, we can focus on some of the biggest drivers of health outcomes. Together, we can make a difference.

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Our Support

“The NCEAS is supported in part by Northwestern University’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine.” The NCEAS was originally supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Academic Units for Primary Care Training and Enhancement (AU-PCTE).

The purpose of the AU-PCTE is to strengthen the primary care workforce through improved clinical teaching and research. HRSA’s mission is to improve and achieve health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs.


Our team of educators, medical professionals, researchers, and more is united behind the belief that preparing healthcare practitioners to understand the web of social determinants and  to learn skills and approaches to addressing them will improve the health of vulnerable individuals and communities. A diverse array of talents and fields has come together to work for a better future.

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Resources and Research to Help Teachers and Students Understand the Role of Social Determinants In Health

For years, we’ve known that factors such as economic status, education, social networks, and others have an enormous impact on the health of individuals and communities.

At NCEAS, we’re dedicated to understanding those forces and teaching the next generation of medical professionals how to incorporate that knowledge into their care.

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Working for Vulnerable Communities

Health equity starts with teaching medical learners how to best serve vulnerable communities. Our mission is to understand the complicated web of factors that lead to unjustly disparate health outcomes in poorer and more disadvantaged communities.

Whether rural or urban, vulnerable communities deserve greater attention from a medical community dedicated to understanding their unique issues.

By bringing educators together to share best practices and ideas, gain new skills and learn from each other, the NCEAS seeks to stimulate and support enhanced teaching and learning about social determinants of health.

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