How gathering SDoH data can inform population health strategies
As the healthcare industry continues to recognize the impact of the social determinants of health (SDoH) on overall health, it's becoming critical for health plans and providers to look beyond the four walls of clinical care to address these nonclinical factors. And even though research has shown that SDoH can have an impact on up to 40% of an individual's overall health, for some communities that impact can be even more significant. In minority populations, particularly, SDoH can be challenging to overcome.
To close the health equity gap, a better understanding of the social needs impacting minority communities is vital. By having better insight into the different domains of SDoH affecting minority populations, healthcare organizations (HCOs), government, community-based organizations (CBOs) and advocacy groups are in a better position to create programs that drive targeted interventions for specific needs within those communities.