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Addressing SDoH to Reduce Smoking Rates and Improve Health Equity

How HCOs are addressing SDoH to promote smoking cessation in vulnerable populations

Cigarette smoking is one of the most pronounced examples of health inequities today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), low income cigarette smokers are disproportionately impacted by cigarette smoking than smokers with higher incomes. Research shows that populations with low socioeconomic status have higher rates of lung cancer risk than those in the most affluent groups. The reality is that smoking is a significant contributor to more than 480,000 smoking-related deaths every year, or about one in five deaths. However, tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability and death in the United States.

Topics: social determinants of health health disparities vulnerable populations education

Overcoming Summer Food Insecurity

Food insecurity for school-aged children reaches its most acute point just when those students should be relaxing and enjoying a break – summer time. Each year when schools let out, millions of children across the U.S. are left without the subsidized breakfast and lunch programs that provide them with the nutritious and filling foods that are vital building blocks for their physical and cognitive development. This summer gap can further disadvantage lower-income students from their peers. 

Topics: childhood development food insecurity education

A High School Diploma to Master Health

This graduation season, Evelyn completed high school with countless other students across the county, but her graduation was even more cause for celebration. At age 55, Evelyn was among 200 adult students in Ohio who were able to return to school and receive a state-issued diploma, proving that it’s never too late to attain education.

In the United States, 12% of adults are missing a high school diploma. While it may be easy to relegate this group to education bureaus, the matter of education, or lack thereof, has profound links to individual and collective health.

Topics: education