Blocks with health care symbols If we are looking to impact the health and health care issues of those enrolled in our company’s health and welfare programs, we must consider social determinants of health. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Health care continues to evolve with a greater emphasis on value through new payment models and new partnerships. If we are truly going to impact the health care system, there is one key area that requires a revolution rather than evolution. That is the issue of social determinants of health (SDOH). According to the World Health Organization, SDOH are defined as social and economic influencers that can impact one’s health and health status. This includes income and social status, employment and working conditions, education and literacy, safe and consistent living conditions, food and nutrition, and adequate transportation.

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