As we struggle through the COVID-19 pandemic and look back at our failures and eventual successes on the horizon, we will have to factor in the impacts of the assumptions and biases that Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) made nationally and in particular to the underserved communities in American cities from coast to coast. As the data has disclosed, the underserved covered a wide spectrum - age, ethnicity, geo location, employment status, demographics, and now unfortunately, political affiliation.
Our loss of lives is climbing closer and closer to the .5 million estimates, however, that is not a target we aspire to reach with no end insight. We are focused on the hope that vaccinations to the right groups at the right time coupled with adherence to basic social habits which I sincerely hope will become the new normal -- washing hands, wearing masks and keeping socially distant. Perhaps not wearing a mask 24/7, but at the very least curtail speaking in elevators, blowing out candles, sharing straws, using sanitizers, disinfecting workspaces not just vacuuming carpets and emptying wastebaskets.
Many hospitals and health systems are working to navigate the challenges of effectively linking community and clinical services to improve health outcomes in the long term. At the onset, the social determinants of health cadence are linked to the economic and social conditions and their distribution among populations that influence individual and group differences in health status.
As payors and providers leverage mounds of clinical data and gain a better understanding of how social structures and the surrounding environmental conditions like ethnicity, access to transportation, work environment, and ability to adhere to care management impacts unequal care delivery, it is important that they widen the approach and commitment towards targeted, value- based care delivery. It is important for providers to understand social determinants and gain momentum into designing critical parts of care delivery.
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