AAHC Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Social Determinants of Health

Medical care accounts for less than 25% of a population’s health status. Other factors, including genetics, social circumstances, environmental conditions, and behavior, have significantly more impact on health. Academic health centers are recognizing that they are uniquely positioned to have a significant and positive impact on the determinants of health and the health of their communities. AAHC is interested in broadening the view of academic health center leadership from focusing just on health care to improving health, addressing real and perceived barriers to this culture change and translating the isolated local successes of some academic health centers into a nation-wide movement.

Educating the public at large… no matter which angle we come at this from… we are all in this together.

- Dan Rahn, M.D.
  Chancellor University of Arkansas for    
  Medical Sciences

Addressing Social Determinants of Health and Development

NCHHSTP White Paper on Social Determinants of Health

Social Determinants of Health:  Frequently Asked Questions

World Health Organization’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health

Healthy People 2020:  Social Determinants of Health


The goal of this toolkit is to bring together academic health center leadership with representatives from multiple sectors, including employers, nonprofit organizations, the federal government, the public health community, and foundations, to communicate, collaborate, and plan for the future.


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