Social Determinants of Healthcare Utilization

Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) are defined as conditions in the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Social and structural factors, such as economic stability, education, social and community context, and neighborhood environment are key drivers of health and health care utilization, and impact individual and population health outcomes and disparities in health status. The Center for Health Services Research is engaged in research collaborations with numerous stakeholders across the Commonwealth that address various aspects of SDOH:

  • Improving screening and intervention services to address SDOH in clinical care delivery settings for vulnerable patients

  • Large-scale gap analysis to increase accessibility and alignment of SDOH-related community services with identified community needs

  • Home institute of Health Literacy Kentucky to encourage interdisciplinary partnerships for health literacy programs and improved health literacy across the state