Social determinants of health sessions explore factors that influence health status and how trustees can help address disparities in their communities
Sessions focused on how social determinants of health, which are non-medical factors, can affect health and healthcare outcomes. These factors include housing insecurity as well as access to affordable housing, food insecurity and access to care. In Friday’s session, Dr. William Jordan focused on the great work that the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is doing through various methods such as making data actionable and looking at preexisting historical issues that have contributed to these health disparities. In Saturday’s session, Dr. Marnie Brady discussed the impact that accessible and affordable housing has on health and how hospitals and health systems are addressing this in their communities. She also provided insight into how trustees can get involved.